The World: The Unhappy Hookers

Prostitution is legal in France, but soliciting customers is not. It always has been a difficult distinction to make in practice, and last week the angry prostitutes of Lyon decided that the police were trampling on their rights. As part of Interior Minister Michel Poniatowski's general crackdown on vice, local police had been regularly pulling in Lyon's lovelies and fining them $40 for "conduct tending to provoke debauchery." In protest, some 200 prostitutes from the Lyon area camped with sleeping bags in the 15th century St.-Nizier church and announced that they would continue...

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