Because the Emperors VIP Club supposedly operated in Paris as well as New York, London, Washington and Los Angeles, before being shut down in March, 2008, I thought it might be helpful to point out to any U.S. ‘VIPS’ that the exchange of money for sexual favors in Paris, the City of Light, is LEGAL.
Perhaps, if the former governor of New York had realized this, he would have hopped on a plane for Paris instead of Washington D.C.
According to one news report on the Emperors VIP Club, the New York-based club may have transported women to Paris, but there’s no suggestion that an Emperors VIP Club existed in Paris. Even though prostitution is legal here, ‘houses of prostitution – or clubs’ are technically illegal since 1946.
Nevertheless, French prostitutes actually pay taxes here (although their job description is not listed as being a prostitute). If this is confusing, what else would you expect? According to Wikipedia, the official policy on prostitution in France is ‘abolitionist’ meaning ‘it exists’ and ideally one day it will be eradicated. In the meantime, the whole issue is ‘murky’.
The French government has created laws that make sollicitation (including passive sollicitation – illegal) but the bottom line is that a man or woman basically can to make whatever arrangments they please behind closed doors – as long as they’re of legal age and no ‘middlemen’ are involved.
The history of prostitution in France is quite incredible, especially when you realize that King Louis IX supposedly approved brothels in the city of Paris (according to Wikipedia).
The more recent laws (making passive sollicitation illegal) have made neighborhoods such as Gaite in Montparnasse and the Pigalle district look very sedate. In the old days, houses of prostitution were referred to as Maisons de Tolerance.
Tolerance. A word that is quickly becoming extinct.