Sweden prostitution reduction model’s success a myth, skeptics warn

Dec 23, 2014
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Kvinnofrid law criminalizes paying for sex but legalizes sex work

For years Sweden has been celebrated for its innovative strategy to reduce prostitution — in particular its laws that target not the women but their johns and pimps.

Swedish officials say they have halved the number of streetwalkers, kept the number of prostitution cases level and reduced human trafficking to around 500 victims per year, a fraction of the rate in its Scandinavian neighbors in the years following the adoption of the so-called Kvinnofrid law in 1999.

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Taina Bien-Aime, executive director of the New York-based Coalition Against the Trafficking in Women

The Kvinnofrid — “protection of women” — law criminalizes paying for sex but legalizes sex work, treating prostitution as violence against women — a long-held view among feminists in progressive Sweden similar to members of the New York-based Coalition Against the Trafficking in Women.

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

More CATW bullshit debunked. What the cooked official stats don’t show is how many more sex workers are operating illegally underground and you’ll notice no numbers regarding assaults on sex workers since this insane law took effect other than those provided by sex workers opposing the idiotic Nordic Model. Making a thing invisible is not the same as making it disappear. But it does have the effect of making it more dangerous. Any kind of illicit work is riskier than commerce conducted in the open. Even the Moony-owned Washington Times, which is about as reliable as Fox News, concedes the… Read more »

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