Law: Unhappy over Hookers

Unable to live with them or without them

Before setting off for the Crusades seven centuries ago, Louis IX of France ordered the kingdom's bordellos closed. Uprooted but unfazed, many French prostitutes proceeded to join the Crusaders, traipsing along to the Holy Land as camp followers. Modern rulers have not had much better luck. When the French government cracked down on prostitution three years ago, the ladies of the night took sanctuary in churches.

Other European countries have learned to live more or less equably with the oldest profession. But in such matters...

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