Lilith Brouwers – 2017Legal status of sex work:There are multiple laws that criminalise or limit sex work in Sweden, the most well-known of which is the 1999 Sexköpslag (Sex Purchase Law). This legislation criminalised the purchase, or attempt to purchase, casual sexual services in exchange for any kind of compensation including alcohol, gifts, meals, or […]
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.
By Joel HellewellI’m going to use the term woman/women in prostitution even if it is a bit clunky, since it is hopefully tolerable to both sides of the debate. I have never sold sex, so I cannot speak to the experiences of women that have. I hope that what comes through is a genuine desire […]
Book Review: ‘Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden’ by Dr Jay LevyElla Parsons April 2015Internationally there is much discussion of Sweden’s prostitution law, which criminalises the purchase of sex. In 2014, the UK Parliament voted against such a measure when it was tabled as an amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill. It was […]
SARA STEENSIGIn Sweden, the police persecute people who buy sex, not the prostituted persons.The sex industry is notoriously uncertain and dangerous. Traffickers and violent pimps, abusive johns and police persecution are all factors that make prostitution unsafe.No matter what you think of exchanging sex for money, it happens all the time around the world. Therefore, […]
Report by Irem Az.Dora Ozer, who was a trans woman sex worker in Kusadasi, Turkey, was killed by one of her clients on July 9th. Two days after her murder, Petite Jasmine was killed by her abusive ex partner who unbelievably had been given custody of their children “because of” Jasmine’s job. To protest violence […]
Jasmine and Dora 4-Ever from Carol Leigh on Vimeo.In 2012 during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, I met and interviewed Petite Jasmine with Pye Jakobsson from Rose Alliance of Sweden. Petite Jasmine was murdered one year later, a victim of the stigmatisation and legal discrimination that sex workers face. She was an amazing, […]
Justice for Dora! Justice for Jasmine! Justice for all sex workers who are victims of violence!WHAT: International Day of Protest against the violent abuse and murder of sex workers.WHEN: Friday 19 July 2013 3:00-4:00pmWHERE: Swedish Embassy, 11 Montagu Place, London W1H 2AL, London.CONTACT: London protest, contact: Cari Mitchell, English Collective of Prostitutes, 07811 964171/020 7482 2496, email@example.com, Sex Worker Open University, firstname.lastname@example.org.International protests called by the International […]
New Zealand In 2003, the New Zealand Prostitution Reform Act (PRA) decriminalised prostitution of persons over 18 on grounds of “sex workers’ human rights, protection from exploitation and promotion of occupational health and safety“. The June 2008 PRA statutory five year review concluded that: “The PRA has been in force for five years. During that time, the sex industry has […]
In 1999 Sweden criminalised men who buy sex, who on conviction face six months in jail. In 2003 the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Police Affairs launched a Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children. One of the measures in the plan was the appointment of a working group to collect experiences for […]
The Swedish Sex Purchase Act: Claimed Success and Documented Effects1 By Susanne Dodillet and Petra Östergren Conference paper presented at the International Workshop: Decriminalizing Prostitution and Beyond: Practical Experiences and Challenges. The Hague, March 3 and 4, 2011 Introduction Sweden’s criminalization of the purchase of sexual services in 1999 is said to be a unique measure: to […]