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

Ann Jordan
Source (institute/publication) / American University Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

As reported back in April Ann Jordan's Issue Paper from examines the impact of the Swedish Penal Code from 1999. She concludes:

'Not surprisingly, the experiment has failed. In the thirteen years since the law was enacted, the Swedish government has been unable to prove that the law has reduced the number of sex buyers or sellers or stopped trafficking. All it has to show for its efforts are a (contested) public support for the law and more danger for street-based sex workers. Despite this failure, the government has chosen to ignore the evidence and proclaim the law to be a success; it also continues to advocate that other countries should adopt a similar law.'

This resource has now also been translated into French (available here) and Spanish (available here).

With thanks to David Boudon for volunteering to provide this translation into French.