PARIS - France's parliament is debating a controversial bill that would crack down on prostitution by penalising people who pay for sex, while offering prostitutes help to quit the profession.
The bill, which marks a turning point in the country's efforts to eradicate the sex trade, would scrap existing fines and prison sentences for prostitutes, replacing them with sanctions against their customers.
"There would be no prostitution without clients - that goes without saying. But we also know there will always be clients for prostitution," Maud Olivier, one of two Socialist Party MPs behind the bill, wrote in a report to parliament.
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