On Monday, nearly four years after he was plucked from an airplane leaving JFK airport to face sexual assault charges, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was in court in Lille, France, to battle accusations that he was part of an international prostitution ring.
The headline-grabbing charge that he and 13 others face is "aggravated pimping," a concept complicated by the fact that sleeping with prostitutes is not illegal in France. The accusations revolve around alleged sex parties and a prostitution ring called the Carlton Affair, which, as ABC explained, "refers to a hotel in the French city of Lille, where, allegedly, some of the orgies took place." Among the cast of characters involved: lawyers, artists, police officials, and a brothel owner nicknamed Dodo la Saumure, which translates roughly to "Dodo the pimp" in French slang.
Strauss-Kahn is accused of using his contacts and possibly the funds of others to procure prostitutes for sex parties in not only Lille, but also Paris and Washington, D.C. That's where the criminal aspect of the prostitution charge takes hold.
Writing in FindLaw Blotter, Stephanie Rabiner explained that in America "most states have a crime called 'aggravated promotion of prostitution'—a much stuffier term for the crime of aggravated pimping. It's considered worse than just being a pimp and receiving money through another's prostitution. It's pimping accompanied by aggravating circumstances."