Nordic Model

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.

Purchasing Sexual Services in Sweden and the Netherlands: Legal Regulation and Experiences.

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2004

This Report aims to summarize the arguments for and against the criminalisation of the purchase of sexual services. It first describes the experiences of Swedish and Dutch legal regulation relating to the purchase of sexual services. In Sweden, there is a wish to abolish sex work by way of criminalising the client. In the Netherlands, sex work is allowed within certain limits (only involuntary sex work comes under criminal rules).

UNAIDS Briefing Note on the Legal Status of Sex Work

UNAIDS have drafted a briefing note on the legal status of sex work emphasising the key human rights and public health considerations.

The briefing note clarifies five issues that are often a source of contention with the anti-sex work lobby. The points that the UNAIDS briefing note clarify include:

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