FRANCE: The Pimping Cops

The way to control the world of prostitution is to have intimate relations with it, insisted Louis Tonnot, commander of Lyon's Brigade of Social Protection, as the French call their vice squads. "The best-dressed flic in France," as his colleagues called him, Tonnot made no secret of his own close connections with the underworld. His mistress ran a dubious nightclub, and Tonnot allowed no interference from fellow cops on his beat. Last week Tonnot himself was under arrest in a widening scandal that has so far brought convictions for four madams, five pimps and six bordello operators—three of them Lyon...

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