Nordic Model

Advocacy Toolkit Briefing Paper #4: Impacts of Other Legislation and Policy – The Danger of Seeing the Swedish Model in a Vacuum

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2014

This paper is the first briefing paper in a series that make up The Real Impact of the Swedish Model: Advocacy Toolkit

The fourth of this series concentrates on laws and policies other than the Swedish model itself. It describes how these are used by the Swedish state and the police to directly destabilise the lives of sex workers in Sweden. 

The Real Impact of the Swedish Model on Sex Workers: Advocacy Toolkit

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2014

This advocacy toolkit serves to highlight the harms associated with this approach of criminalisation, both in relation to the simplistic and crude understandings of sex work and of sex workers that are used to justify the law, and in relation to the direct outcomes of the resulting legal framework of criminalising the purchase of sex. In contrast to claims that the Swedish model is a necessary and effective approach in protecting women from violence and exploitation, sex workers in Sweden note worrying consequences of the law in terms of their safety and wellbeing.

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’.

Canadian Government Announces its Response to the Bedford Decision

After months of speculation, the Canadian government yesterday announced its plans for new legislation around sex work.

My Work Should Not Cost Me My Life: A Report on the Consequences of Canada's Introduction of the “Nordic Model”

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Since December 20, 2013 when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three of the country’s most harmful prostitution laws (the communication, bawdy house, and living on the avails laws) in what was known as the Canada v. Bedford Case, there has been intense speculation over what new legislation, when it is enacted, will look like.

Sex Workers in Canada Decry Government Consultation on Sex Work

The following is press release from NSWP member, Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Monday, June 2, 2014 — Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, along with sex workers and other experts, question the legitimacy of the federal government online consultation around prostitution in Canada.