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French lawmakers debate punishing prostitutes or clients

Paris - French senators will on Monday debate whether the law should punish prostitutes or their clients, as France resumes a divisive discussion on how to crack down on the world's oldest profession.

Verdict in Strauss-Kahn case set for June 12: Court

Lille - Dominique Strauss-Kahn will learn his fate on June 12, a French court said on Friday, as the former IMF chief's trial for aggravated pimping wrapped up.

Strauss-Kahn lawyer says pimping case has 'collapsed'

Paris - The pimping case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has "collapsed", a lawyer for the former IMF chief said Wednesday, summing up a trial which has exposed the most intimate details of his client's sex life.

Prosecutor calls for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in pimping trial

Lille - A French prosecutor on Tuesday called for Dominique Strauss-Kahn to be acquitted of pimping charges in a trial which has seen lurid details of the former IMF chief's sex life exposed in court.

Prosecutors sum up in DSK pimping trial

Lille - Dominique Strauss-Kahn will on Tuesday hear what punishment, if any, prosecutors seek against him on pimping charges, after two ex-prostitutes dropped a civil suit against the former IMF chief.

Ex-prostitutes drop civil action against DSK in pimping trial

Lille - Two ex-prostitutes on Monday dropped a civil suit against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn who is standing trial for pimping in France, their lawyer said.

Sex and power, an age-old heady combination

Paris - From Caesar to Napoleon, John F. Kennedy to Silvio Berlusconi, Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, history is full of anecdotes about the sexual antics of politicians and world leaders.

Fear, shame: Prostitutes face uphill struggle to testify in court

Paris - She was sold off 12 times in 10 years by pimps, but when a young Serbian sex worker testified in a French court, defence lawyers told her not to "exaggerate".

Strauss-Kahn denies knowledge of prostitutes at sex parties

Lille - Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday denied knowing the women he had orgies with were prostitutes and said paying for sex would be too great a risk for a man who was head of the International Monetary Fund.

Ex-prostitute recalls the hell of Belgian brothels

Paris - Carole was drugged, raped by three men, filmed and threatened at the outset of her three-year descent into the hell of prostitution -- a form of "modern-day slavery" she eventually managed to escape.

French pimping trial moves closer to Strauss-Kahn

Lille - A former prostitute told a French court Monday she was handpicked to take part in a sex party with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a day before the ex-IMF chief was to take the stand in an explosive pimping trial.

Eternal City gives green light to red light zone

Rome - Rome authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated from April, officials said Saturday as Church and other opponents attacked the move.

Strauss-Kahn unaware of prostitutes says pimp trial businessman

Lille - An explosive pimping trial in northern France zoned in on its most high-profile protagonist Dominique Strauss-Kahn Friday, with a local businessman saying the former IMF chief was unaware their orgies involved prostitutes.

'Dodo the Pimp', key to Strauss-Kahn case, says he's not a pimp

Lille - The man nicknamed Dodo the Mackerel, the French slang for pimp, denied being a pimp when he gave evidence on Thursday in the case of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, himself accused of procuring women.

Ex-prostitute in DSK trial says vice ring introduced her to 'public figure'

Lille - An ex-prostitute testified Tuesday in a French pimping trial involving former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn that a vice ring had introduced her to "a public figure".

The legal woes of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Paris - Here is a breakdown of the legal woes which led to the downfall of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Strauss-Kahn's 'pimping' trial dominated by political intrigue

Lille - The pimping trial of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dominated Monday by hints of conspiracy and political intrigue as his lawyers argued the case was based on a secret, state-ordered probe into the former presidential frontrunner.

Weeping Philippine girl challenges pope on prostitution

Manila - A weeping 12-year-old Philippine girl, asking how God could allow children to become prostitutes, moved Pope Francis on Sunday to hug her and appeal for everyone to show more compassion.

Macau prostitution ring busted, tycoon's nephew arrested

Hong Kong - Police in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau have busted a major prostitution ring and arrested more than 100 people, including the nephew of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho, city authorities said Tuesday.

Canada Health body calls for legal sex-trade, health regulations

The Canadian Public Health Association released a paper Friday calling for legalized prostitution that is regulated to improve the health and lives of sex-trade workers. Current occupational health and safety regulations should be used, it said.

Public official pleads guilty to extorting sex workers

Newark - A former New Jersey public official pleaded guilty Wednesday in a U.S. district court to accepting sex workers' bribes in exchange for rubber-stamped permits and forewarning of forthcoming law enforcement activity.

Canada's sex-trade workers say new Bill C-36 endangers them

Canada's Conservative government is a step away from having their new prostitution bill became law. Bill C-36 passed its third reading in the Senate Tuesday and requires only the formality of a royal ascent. However, sex-trade workers fear the bill.

Colombia arrests 17 for child prostitution, trafficking

Estanzuela - Twelve adults and five children suspected of child sex crimes and human trafficking have been arrested in Colombia in a joint operation with the United States, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

Ex-prostitute ends long march for French bill to penalise clients

Paris - A former prostitute who walked 800 kilometres (500 miles) across France to demand that the government make good on its promise to penalise clients ended her protest march in Paris Sunday.

'Sex drive-in' hailed as a success in Switzerland

Zurich - A government-backed experiment in legal prostitution may forever change the sex industry in Switzerland, if not greater Europe.

Man calls 911 to complain stripper refused sex and gets arrested

A man in Butte, Montana hired a lap dancer but somewhere along the way he expected her to have sex with him. She refused and he got a little hot under the collar. He decided to call 911 to complain about it, naturally.

Alleged prostitute denies role in Google exec drug death

Santa Cruz - An alleged high-priced call girl accused of killing a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin and then fleeing his yacht has pleaded not guilty.

Belgian pimp ordered to rename 'DSK' brothel

Brussels - A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture "DSK", the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.

168 children rescued from sex trafficking op: FBI

Washington - Federal authorities conducted a sweep through more than 100 US cities and recovered 168 children from child sex trafficking, the FBI said.

Study: Many Canadians favor relaxed prostitution laws

A recent study conducted by the Canadian Department of Justice showed that 66% of people think that selling these services should not carry criminal penalties.
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