Attacks prompt bill to ban prostitution

March 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

LYON, France, March 15 (UPI) -- A French women's rights group says it has renewed calls for a prostitution ban after an angry customer threw acid on three prostitutes in an apparent dispute.

A 46-year-old suspect was arrested this week in the January attack on three women -- ages 26, 27 and 30 -- in Lyon, The Local.fr reported Thursday.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France's minister for women's rights, said shortly after her appointment she wanted prostitution to "disappear."

Parliament is expected to consider a bill this year to make paying for sex illegal.

Julie Muret, a spokeswoman for women's rights group Osez le Feminisme, said her organization supports the bill.

Prostitutes work in a "violent environment" where they are "spat at, insulted and punched," she said.

"This is because prostitutes are not treated like people, or even employees, but like objects," Muret said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Burt's Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz dies at 80
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source