Sweden

Sweden criminalised the purchase of sexual acts in 1999, while decriminalising the sale of sexual services. Evidence shows that since its enactment, the law has not improved—indeed, it has worsened—the lives of sex workers. Despite claims that the law has led to a decline in prostitution, there is no actual evidence of this. Under the constant threat of police interference, sex workers are forced to hurry the process of screening and negotiating with clients, resulting in increased risks. In a 2014 study 63% of sex workers said the law created more prejudice.

For a summary of the Sexköpslag (Sex Purchase Law)  please see here.

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