Keyword: prostitution

Lifting the lid on an unsavoury football transfer business

By Yann Philippin, Michaël Hajdenberg et Michel Henry

Documents obtained from the whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks and analysed by Mediapart and its partners in the journalistic collective European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), provide an astonishing insight into events surrounding the transfer of French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Sevilla to Monaco in 2013. The sometimes sordid saga surrounding Kondogbia’s transfer, in which the player had no part, involved secret commission payments and a plan to hold a sex party in Miami for the president of Real Madrid – who strenuously denies ever taking part in the event. Yann Philippin, Michaël Hajdenberg and Michel Henry report.

France outlaws paying for sex

The French parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of legislation that will make it a criminal offence to pay for sex, punishable by fines.

Prostitutes cost France €1.6 billion every year

Though prostitution in France brings in an estimated annual turnover of €3.2 billion euros, much of this is sent abroad says study.

Ex-prostitute marches 800km in France to back law punishing clients

Rosen Hicher is angry that draft law to fine men up to €1,500 for paying for sex was shelved by a French Senate committee in July.

France prostitution: MPs back fines for clients

MPs voted 268 to 138 in favour of law that imposes fines for anyone who buys a sexual act but bill must still pass the Senate before coming into force.

Sex workers protest as French parliament examines prostitution bill

'You sleep with us and you vote against us,' shouted a group of prostitutes outside parliament as a divided National Assembly began debating the bill.

Draft law on prostitution before French parliament this week

A bill of law which scraps a ban on solliciting on streets but which criminalises prostitutes' clients is to be debated in the National Assembly.

Celebrities condemn prostitution crackdown in France

Around 60 big names, including rock stars, filmmakers and a former culture minister, call for 'real debate' over plans to outlaw paying for sex.

Plan to outlaw paying for sex splits France's ruling Socialist Party


Two socialist MPs have attracted all-party support for a new bill which would criminalise the clients of prostitutes, earning them a fine. Yet behind the apparent consensus, Mediapart has discovered that there is far from unanimity on the proposed law even within the ruling party. A number of senior socialist MPs point out that many respected non-governmental organisations fear the change would make life less safe for prostitutes. Others say it will make the party look too 'moralising'. And as Mathieu Magnaudeix reports, it is also not clear whether the prime minister or the president fully support what could become a controversial measure.

Will France make paying for sex a crime?

Bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party would make it an offence for a person to 'have recourse to prostitution', in other words to pay for sex.

High-profile French 'bastards' raise storm over prostitution petition

Feminists express outrage at a move by well-known journalists, actors and lawyers to attack proposed changes in prostitution laws.  

French bill would criminalise paying for sex

Proposed legislation may outlaw paying for sex in France while giving prostitutes who are victims of sexual violence easier access to legal support.

French prosecutor calls for no charges to be brought against DSK in pimping sex-ring case

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who took part in group orgies in France and the US, claims he didn't know the women were prostitutes. 

How France's crackdown on street prostitution backfired


A grim and disturbing report has revealed how a law aimed at tackling street prostitution and people trafficking, introduced ten years ago, has not only largely failed in its main aims but in some cases has produced disastrous results, making prostitutes more vulnerable to attacks and leading to numerous abuses by police officers. The controversial law is now due to be scrapped. Michel Deléan reports.

France's Strauss-Kahn and wife 'have separated'

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair now live separate lives, reports a French magazine.