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  • 1.
    Berglund, Henrik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Civil Society in India: democratic space or extension of elite domination?2009Report (Other academic)
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    Eduards, Maud
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Feminist Interventions, Gender Equality and Academic Resistance: A Swedish Political History2010Report (Other academic)
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    Waltman, Max
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
    Prohibiting Purchase of Sex in Sweden: Impact, Obstacles, Potential, and Supporting Escape2010Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper analyzes the core reasons for the Swedish law from 1999 which criminalizes purchase of sex and decriminalizes the prostituted person, passed as part of an omnibus bill against violence against women and recognizing prostitution as a form of it. Further, it documents the law’s impact by comparing data from several recent Swedish studies with the situation in other relevant countries, concluding the law has significantly reduced the occurrence of prostitution manifolds compared to its neighboring countries. Crucial obstacles to effective implementation are also addressed, particularly in current case law. Some of the critique against the law and disinformation about the law’s effects are also commented. Finally, to realize its full potential to support escape from prostitution more efficiently, it is argued that the civil rights of prostituted persons under current law should be strengthened to get damages paid for directly by the tricks/johns for the harm they have contributed to. An additional consideration is for individual states to extend the use of the Palermo Protocol (international law acknowledging connections between prostitution and sex trafficking) to charge tricks for trafficking when they “receive” persons who are effectively pimped.

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