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Note : In April 2016, the French Parlement has passed a law allowing for punters to be fined 1 500 euros for paying a prostitute


Place Pierre Semard


This is an article giving some brief information about the situation in Avignon.


Avenue President Wilson


Quartier de la gare Saint Jean : Belcier, quai de paludate

Quartier Saint-Rémi : rue du pont de la mousque, rue courbin

Les quinconces

Passage Birly, rue de Ruat : massages

Rue du Pont de la Mousque


Cours Montalivet, Caen The traditional area of place Saint Saveur appears to have been displaced to other areas, and French workers appear to have been largely displaced by foreign workers.

Africans formerly used to work from vans on cours Montalivet, but have now moved across the river to the Presqu'île de Caen (see image). According to the press, the workers feel safe here : "Nous avons de bons rapports avec la police et nous nous sentons en sécurité ici. Notre transfert s'est déroulé sans problème / We have a good rapport with the police and we feel secure here. Our transfer went through without problems".

Among the relevant streets are cours Caffarelli, quai de Normandie, rue Gaston Lamy.

Otherwise : Romanians on quai de Juillet and la promenade de Madame de Sévigné, the banks of the River Orne in general, or quai Hamelin.

Earlier they talked of 'torpedo-prostitutes' who lived in Paris and travelled up to Caen for the day. Apparently more women are now actually resident in the area.


La croisettte

Le Havre

Rue LaSueur, Le Havre

Small and cheap but not of a particularly 'high standard' as such.

The center of gravity seems to have shifted recently. Previously it was concentrated on the rue LeSueur, adjacent to place Danton with one or two women on the rue Laperouse. With the demolition of the prison, the trade on the rue LaSueur appears to have finished, and recent renovations on rue Haudry appears to have done the same there. Thus leaving the rue Laperouse adjacent to the bar on the corner, with maybe just one 'frangine'.

It is also quite strange in not 'opening' until about 1400 and seeming to close down around 1800. There appears to be no activity during the night at all.

The view shows rue Laperouse where the 'center of activity' is close to the bar shown on the corner.

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Photos (2)


Quartier Peuple Belge (place de Gand, rue de Courtrai, place aux Bleuets)

Enquête : la prostitution dans le Vieux-Lille by France3Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Prostitution dans le Vieux-Lille : le ras-le... by TNTWeo

•  La Madeleine, just to the north of Vieux-Lille


Champ de Juillet, opposite the railway station


near gare de Perrache (image from Wikipedia)

river "quais" (Rhone and Saône).


Quartier du Val Fourré


Red Light Districts of Marseille


Boulevard de Strasbourg


Eue de la source


Rue Paul Bellamy

Quai de la Fosse

Rue de Strasbourg

Rue de Talensac


Promenade des Anglais

Rue de France


rue St Denis, Arc de Triomphe The rue St Denis is possibly the best known area - roughly speaking that section between rue Reaumur and boulevard Saint Denis (the latter marked by a prominent arch). This area the side streets of rue Blondel and rue de Ponceau.

On the boulevard St Denis, between rue St Denis and boulevard de Sebastopol, there are often a number of Chinese women. In the past, they operated from rooms about 5 minutes away for which an extra 30 euro was requested. Nowadays, you might be expected to take a metro ride out as far as Charonne, or similar (if they are gathering on both sides of the boulevard, then the latter option is probably the one available)

There are often one or two women further down rue St Denis between rue Réeaumur and rue Turbigo.

And often there are a few older women right at the bottom of the rue St. Denis, around the rue des Lombards.

Many sex shops exist on the 'middle' section of rue St Denis, i.e. south of the rue Reaumur. However one does exists at the top of the street (just down from the arch). The Club 88 on the 'middle section' of rue St. Denis is a large establishment of a new type to the city, offering more 'services' than the usual sex shop. The Sexodrome in Pigalle is a similar establishment

'Aux Belles Poules', rue Blondel 32, is a former brothel that has retained its interior (consequently it has had a preservation order slapped on it).

If you are interested in a short history of the rue St Denis area, go here.

How to Get There : Metro Stations Strasbourg-St Denis (the arch end) or Sebastopol Reaumur (the rue Reaumur end)

Moulin Rouge, Pigalle The Pigalle area is known for the Moulin Rouge (see image) and its past, although today it is probably very tame in comparison. However there is an interesting Museum of Eroticism.

The rue de Budapest close to gare St. Lazare, appears to have ceased its activities.

The bois de Boulogne and porte de Vincennes are well-known areas for working from vans.

Photographs of Paris

Photos of Paris - 2

Vintage Erotica Depicts Parisian Sex Workers In The 1930s


Rue St Jacques, in the evening. Possibly spreading into the boulevard des Belges

•  Further details here

• Photos


Avenue de la Forêt-Noire

Route du Rhin

Quai des Alpes

Quai Louis-Pasteur

Boulevard de Lyon Quartier de la Gare


Rue Bayard

Quartier du Canal

Boulevard de Strasbourg


Red Light area of Troyes boulevard Gambetta, rue Argence, rue Paul Dubois

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La Jonquera (Espana)

Paradise, Le Jonquera

Town on the French border

Le Paradise

two other brothels under same ownership at at Melianta, near Banyoles (south of Figueres) and at Mont-Ras near Palafrugell on the Costa Brava.

In 'Le Paradise', each client has to buy an obligatory drink (alcoholic 12€ , soft 10€ ) and has to pay 5€ for a disposable sheet, a condom, a lubricant and a towel.