His resolve to do away with prostitution was affirmed in a letter of 1269 to the regents, as he set out on the Eighth Crusade, in which he refers to the need to extirpate the evil, root and branch. Fotheringham, Alasdair (Dec 5, 2010). 46 All forms of proxénétisme ( procuring ) are illegal. L'histoire, l'art, la littérature, les moeurs by Romi (Robert Miquet first published in 1952. Calls for aiming trafficking policy at traffickers rather than sex workers came from the Senate Law Commission, the Delegations for Women's Rights in the Senate and National Assembly, as well as from the opposition. Saint Louis IX (1226-1270) edit In the interim, Louis IX (1226-1270) attempted to ban prostitution in December 1254, with disastrous social consequences and widespread protests. It addressed trafficking, by defining it and attached penalties. 17 In 1358, the Grand Conseil of John II (1350-1364) echoing the "necessary evil" doctrine of Saints Augustine (354-430 AD) and Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) declared that "les pécheresses sont absolument nécessaires à la Terre" (Sinners are an absolute necessity for the country). A b c " SOS Femmes Accueil - Prostitution - Le cadre juridique en France " (in French) English Version Article.