Prostitution debates in France

Allwood, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-2564-7145, 2004. Prostitution debates in France. Contemporary Politics, 10 (2), pp. 145-157. ISSN 1356-9775

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Prostitution has been high on the French political agenda since the late 1990s, but the way in which it has been framed as a policy issue has undergone a radical change since the elections of 2002. This article compares competing definitions of prostitution as a political issue under the Jospin (1997-2002) and Raffarin (2002-) governments. It examines the abolitionist lobby, which dominated the debates under Jospin, joining forces with women's policy agencies to place prostitution on the policy agenda as a form of violence towards women. It discusses the changes in prostitution policy since 2002, focusing on the criminalization of soliciting and the construction of prostitutes as part-victim, part-criminal. It argues that the reframing of prostitution as a law and order issue has harsh consequences for the women in prostitution, but particularly for migrant women, who can be deported for the new offence of passive soliciting.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Contemporary Politics
Creators: Allwood, G.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2004
Volume: 10
Number: 2
ISSN: 1356-9775
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:38
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:35

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