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.
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