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Sweden’s prohibition of purchase of sex: the law's reasons, impact, and potential
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2011 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, Vol. 34, no 5, 449-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 1999, Sweden passed a law criminalizing the purchase of sex and decriminalizing the prosti­tuted person. The law was part of an omnibus bill against violence against women, recognizing prostitution as related to such violence. This article analyzes the reasons for the Swedish law and documents the law’s impact, concluding that the law has significantly reduced the occur­rence of prostitution in Sweden compared to neighboring countries. In addition, it addresses some important remaining obstacles to the law’s effective implementation and responds to vari­ous common critiques of (and misinformation about) the law and its effects. Finally, this article argues that, in order to realize the law’s full potential to support escape from prostitution, the civil rights of prostituted persons under current law should be strengthened to enable them to claim damages directly from the tricks/johns for the harm to which they have contributed.

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Oxford: Pergamon Press, 2011. Vol. 34, no 5, 449-474 p.
Keyword [en]
Prostitution, Trafficking, Purchase of Sex, Gender-Based Violence, Sex Equality, Gender Equality, Legal Challenges to Prostitution, Swedish Prostitution Law
Keyword [sv]
Prostitution, Människohandel, sexköp, köp av sex, köp av sexuell tjänst, jämställdhet, könsbaserat våld, mäns våld mot kvinnor, sexuellt våld, rättsliga utmaningar mot prostitution, Sveriges prostitutionslagstiftning
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Political Science Gender Studies Law
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60516DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2011.06.004ISI: 000294936300011OAI: diva2:435514

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