Who is to blame for prostitution, the suppliers or the consumers (to put it in crass economic terms)? The question itself betrays a false assumption. Does it really have to be one or the other? Apparently, France seems to think so.
It has passed a law, similar to those passed in a few other countries such as Sweden, criminalizing the patronage of prostitutes. Patrons will be fined and sent to an education course on the harms of prostitution. The supply side will not be criminalized, however, because the suppliers—those who in right-thinking publications such as the world’s leading medical journals are now called sex workers—are considered victims.