In 2012, police in France arrested 572 pimps throughout the year and broke up 51 human trafficking networks that were operating in the country, according to criminal justice programs. The number of human trafficking networks identified was 30 percent higher than the number of networks operating in the country in 2010.
There are an estimated 20,000 prostitutes working in France. 90 percent of the prostitutes are from foreign countries. In 1990, the number of foreign prostitutes in France was at 20 percent.
Source: “Prostitution in France: Turning off the red light,” Economist, December 7, 2013.