Swedish 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.

Nordic Model Letter of Support: Would You Sign It?

A letter of support for the ‘Nordic Model’ has been circulated to a global network of university researchers from around the world seeking signatures for a model they deem as the most effective way to protect the human rights of sex workers.

Ireland to Criminalise the Purchase of Sexual Services

Just one month after the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a bill criminalising the purchase of sex, the Republic of Ireland’s government has introduced a bill that will make it a criminal offence to pay for sex.

NSWP Publishes Statement in Response to Norwegian Evaluation of the Ban on the Purchase of Sex

NSWP has published a statement in response to the recent release of a report by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report has been heavily criticised by various sex worker rights groups for its poor quality and contradictory claims and findings presented throughout the report's 168 pages. 

NSWP Statement in Response to Norwegian Evaluation of the Ban on the Purchase of Sex

Year: 
2014

NSWP statement strongly condemning the recent report released by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for failing to recognise the grave violations to Norwegian sex workers’ human rights that are taking place with state impunity under the current model that bans the purchase of sex. NSWP urges the Norwegian Government to listen to the experiences of sex workers and acknowledge that the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Norway is resulting in health and human rights violations of sex workers.