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Erotic ExchangesThe World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris$
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Nina Kushner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.001.0001

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(p.219) Conclusion
Erotic Exchanges

Nina Kushner

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter discusses Vallaud-Belkacem's proposal, which criminalizes the purchase of sex. This proposal reopened a debate over the status of prostitutes, and led government officials and various nongovernmental agencies to cite the alarming number of women forced into prostitution through trafficking. Criminalization advocates highlighted the enduring, violent conditions in which many of these women work as evidence that prostitution could not possibly be anything but coerced. In opposition to the proposed law, individual sex workers and sex-work union leaders argued that prostitution is both a choice and a profession. Sex workers asserted that they were liberated and subverting male privilege rather than extending it.

Keywords:   Vallaud-Belkacem, nongovernmental agencies, Criminalization advocates, prostitution, sex-work union leaders, sex workers

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