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The issue of human trafficking and selling sex has always divided public opinion. Aside from some notable campaigns to raise awareness of the plight of sex workers in the UK and other European countries, as well as more infamous projects supported by celebrities (see Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's 'Be a Man' viral ads, Governments worldwide are now stepping up to the plate by considering legislation that would prosecute the clients of sex workers, as well as the sex workers themselves.

Following the example set by Sweden, Norway and Iceland, France's ministers will potentially push through proposals for debate in Parliament next year that would do just this. Some say, the result would be to force sex-working and trafficking underground and make conditions for those suffering in such roles even harder. The Huffington Post has more:

'Many officials agreed there were problems with the nation's current laws, stressing that all prostitution encouraged slavery and trafficking, which 80 percent of the estimated 20,000 sex workers living in France were reportedly victims of.'

''France has a dreadful legal system concerning prostitution, full of contradictions,' Francoise Gil, sociologist and founder of Femmes de droit, Droit des Femmes, an association representing prostitutes [reveals.] 'Because prostitution is tolerated but soliciting is a crime. It's made the milieu of prostitution and the work itself a lot worse.'

Critics agree that the very concept of prostitution has become a much maligned image of sex workers being abused sexually; some clients, it is argued, visit those in the sex trade to enjoy simple companionship or simple conversation. However, such a light gloss over the much darker shadow of the transportation of people across several states and the removing/controlling of their identities for the purpose of forcing them into the sex trade might not stand up under French Parliamentary scrutiny, come 2012.

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