Le Sphinx

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Le Sphinx was a brothel opened in 1931 in Paris. In 1946, France outlawed all brothels.[citation needed]

Le Sphinx was among the most expensive and best known maisons de tolérance in the Paris of the 1930s.[citation needed] Other famous brothels included:

After the war, Marthe Richard, a town councillor in Paris who had been a prostitute, campaigned for the closure of all brothels, and the "loi de Marthe Richard" was passed on April 13, 1946, closing the legal brothels in France.[citation needed] Roughly 20,000 women were affected by this law and approximately 1,400 houses closed. [1]

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  1. ^ "Virtue on Trial". TIME. June 30, 1952. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 

Coordinates: 48°50′29.63″N 2°19′22.28″E / 48.8415639°N 2.3228556°E / 48.8415639; 2.3228556