The French Government estimates that there are 20,000 prostitutes working across the entire country. Between 5,000 to 8,000 prostitutes work in Paris, and an estimated 600 street prostitutes work in the city of Lyon.
A parliamentary report released in 2011 stated that 80 percent of the sex workers in France were victims of human trafficking, and that 90 of the prostitutes were foreign women.
In 2002, there were an estimated 15,000 prostitutes working in France.
Source: Angelique Chrisafis, “How prostitution became France’s hottest social issue,” Guardian, September 24, 2012.
Source of 2002 figure: John Lichfield, “Foreign prostitutes flood into France,” Independent,July 14, 2002.