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France: A Very Special Escort Service

Prostitution is a recognized profession in France, although brothels and soliciting are prohibited. The setup creates legal grey zones that pimps are eager to exploit.

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Most of the prostitution business in France is conducted off the streets. Prostitutes are forbidden from advertising their services, making many dependent on pimping organizations. At the same time, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing vice-related charges at a court in Lille. His case has reignited the debate in France over the legal situation of prostitution.