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Yan Morvan : Pigalle


I spent several weeks in the emblematic places of Pigalle. Access is sometimes difficult, anonymity is the rule, the girls who perform on stage, some who go above and beyond, don’t like to tell stories. It’s a temporary job. Never a regular job. Soliciting in the streets is prohibited and passes are done discreetly, in the private places of certain night bars or in the hotels of the district where the girls have their habits. French law (1983) prohibits soliciting: “Prostitution is not prohibited except when it undermines public order. But the solicitation provisions (Internal Security Law 2003) de facto prohibit it, at least in its visible manifestations, that is, on the sidewalks. The Pigalle of literature and cinema chromos with its girls who entice you on the sidewalks was transformed, Aid created a wind of panic and limited contacts that are too easy. Wearing a condom is becoming an obligation and clients are becoming increasingly rare. “Wild” and unconstrained prostitution emigrated to the outer boulevards, the woods of Vincennes and Boulogne. Montmartre was gradually turning into a tourist destination...

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