Sex workers in France seek ‘emergency’ fund for lost income

AFP
April 07, 2020

PARIS: Sex workers in France on Monday asked the government for an emergency fund to compensate them for lost income, after their work was especially hard-hit by social distancing and confinement...

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PARIS: Sex workers in France on Monday asked the government for an emergency fund to compensate them for lost income, after their work was especially hard-hit by social distancing and confinement measures to combat the coronavirus.

"An emergency fund should be created to provide replacement income for the duration of confinement," the Red Umbrella Federation of sex workers´ organisations said in a letter addressed to President Emmanuel Macron.

France has announced a special aid of 1,500 euros for independent workers who lose income due to the coronavirus lockdown that entered into force on March 17, but prostitutes are not among the beneficiaries. Yet their business has been badly hit, leaving many, and their dependents, in "extreme financial insecurity," according to the letter.



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