Criminalisation of clients

The Swedish Law to Criminalise Clients: A failed experiment in social engineering

Year: 
2012

In 1999, the Swedish government embarked on an experiment in social engineering1 to end men’s practice of purchasing commercial sexual services. The government enacted a new law criminalizing the purchase (but not the sale) of sex (Swedish Penal Code). It hoped that the fear of arrest and increased public stigma would convince men to change their sexual behaviour. The government also hoped that the law would force the estimated 1,850 to 3,000 women who sold sex in Sweden at that time to find another line of work.

Norway Publishes First Evaluation of the Ban on the Purchase of Sex

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security has released a report following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report claims that the ban on the purchase of sex has been successful in meeting its ‘objectives’.

The Lancet Joins Other Int'l Organisations in Call for Full Decriminalisation of Sex Work

Medical journal, The Lancet has joined an ever growing number of international health and human rights organisations calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work in order to address the HIV epidemic more effectively in a new series of papers on sex workers and HIV. The men, women, and transgender people who sell sex the world over are subjected to repressive and discriminatory laws and practices which in turn fuel stigma, discrimination, and in a large number of instances violence being perpetrated against sex workers.

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Mise en danger téméraire : Questions & réponses sur le Projet de loi C-36

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Year: 
2014

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Canadian Parliament Begins Weeklong Hearings on C-36

As the December deadline to create a new prostitution law in Canada approaches, parliament is reconvening during its summer recess for a packed schedule of hearings by the House of Commons justice committee.

Toute La Vérité (Juridique) : Le Projet De Loi C-36 Aura Des Répercussions Importantes Sur Les Communautés Canadiennes

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Year: 
2014

Alors que le Comité de la justice de la Chambre des communes se prépare à tenir des audiences sur le Projet de loi C-36 — la soi-disant Loi sur la protection des collectivités et des personnes exploitées — les travailleuse(-eur)s du sexe et leurs alliés lancent une ressource importante au sujet de cette loi mal conçue.

The Whole (Legal) Truth: Bill C-36 Will Have Far-reaching Implications For Canadian Communities

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Year: 
2014

As the Justice Committee of the House of Commons prepares to hold hearings on Bill C-36, the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, sex workers and their allies are releasing an important resource about this ill-considered legislation.

Toute La Vérité (Juridique) : Le Projet De Loi C-36 Aura Des Répercussions Importantes Sur Les Communautés Canadiennes

Alors que le Comité de la justice de la Chambre des communes se prépare à tenir des audiences sur le Projet de loi C-36 — la soi-disant Loi sur la protection des collectivités et des personnes exploitées — les travailleuse(-eur)s du sexe et leurs alliés lancent une ressource importante au sujet de cette loi mal conçue.

The Whole (Legal) Truth: Bill C-36 Will Have Far-reaching Implications For Canadian Communities

As the Justice Committee of the House of Commons prepares to hold hearings on Bill C-36, the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, sex workers and their allies are releasing an important resource about this ill-considered legislation.