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

A new resource has been loaded onto the resources section of the NSWP website that summarises the arguments for and against the Swedish Model. There is currently a lot of pressure on governments in Europe and in other countries across the world, to adopt the Swedish Model i.e. the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.  

This report commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the police aims to summarise 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). The Report also describes the experience of the national police forces in the enforcement of the legislation as well as the health and social institutions’ assessments and the sex workers’ views on the situation after the changes in the law.

You can view this report here.