Soliciting on the internet

Soliciting online is the new target of the government. Heard by the information mission of the national Assembly on prostitution, the minister of the interior wants to open a debate in parliament. Ultimately, it is hoped that the legislator gives to the judiciary of new tools to combat this phenomenon.

Soliciting online will there soon be more severely punished by the justice ? More than three weeks after the promulgation of the Loppsi 2 in the official Journal, the government indicated that it wants to toughen its efforts to combat prostitution on the Internet. Questioned by the mission briefing of the national Assembly on prostitution, Claude Guéant, was favourable to a legislative trend.

“It would be interesting that the legislator can take into account the real soliciting by Internet,” said the minister of the interior and immigration, adding that “it is necessary that the legislator includes provisions which enable the courts to seize”. This reflection should ultimately lead to the update of the law for internal security (LSI) in 2003, which has introduced sanctions against passive soliciting.

At present, the offence of passive soliciting, which is specified in article 225-25-1 of the penal code. It exposes that “the fact that, by any means, including by an attitude even passive, to proceed publicly soliciting others to encourage sexual relations in exchange for remuneration or a
promise of remuneration is punished by two months imprisonment and a 3,750 euro fine”.

As written, the article does not seem to make the distinction between solicitation, made in the street and one led
directly on the net. The lack of distinction thus allows for a certain margin of manoeuvre for the prostitutes, who may offer their services under the guise of legal activities, such as massages. The ads are often worded in a way that sufficiently evasive to not fall under the purview of the act

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