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An in-depth look at the political and social events shaping France. Every Friday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2016-04-22

Prostitution: A long and complicated history

This week we're delving into the difficult issue of prostitution. Since April 2016, France has put the onus on clients by punishing them with a fine. It's a measure that has its critics. We also speak to Sophie Bouillon, who has interviewed hundreds of prostitutes both in France and abroad. And we meet Giovanna, who is a transgender sex worker - a group which feels doubly marginalised.

With special thanks to Delaville Café

By Alix LE BOURDON , Aurore Cloe DUPUIS , Claire PACCALIN , Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Nadia CHARBIT , Stéphanie CHEVAL



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