Le Sphinx

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

Le Sphinx was among the most expensive and best known maisons de tolérance in the Paris of the 1930s. 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. Roughly 20,000 women were affected by this law and approximately 1,400 houses closed. [1]

See also


  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

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