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Rue89 - France | 30/07/2012

Prostitution not a matter for the state

France's new Minister for Women Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has been campaigning for a ban on prostitution for several weeks now. The idea builds on an initiative launched by the preceding conservative government under Nicolas Sarkozy. To deny women and men the right to do as they wish with their own bodies and the fruits of their labour is the first step towards totalitarianism, warns Alain Cohen-Dumouchel in his blog at the news portal Rue89: "A democratic state can easily become totalitarian if it imposes excessive restrictions on the private lives of its citizens, if it makes key life decisions on their behalf, if it passes judgement on things that happen on the margins of society. ... The greatness of a liberal democracy consists in securing the rights of all ethnic, religious and sexual minorities and of those whose behaviour is not liked by the majority. The state should not make an offence out of that which the majority regards as a vice. Prostitution is a matter for consenting adults who are not infringing on the rights of their fellow citizens."

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