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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Swedes Crack Down on Prostitution

In an interesting twist, Sweden reduces prostitution problem not by criminalizing the hooker, but by criminalizing only the johns. Traditionally the solicitation for sex for money is criminalized, which subjects the prostitute herself to arrest.  While the customer can, and often is, arrested, the focus in the US has been to target the prostitutes.

Sweden has turned that equation around with some success, as the fear of arrest has reduced the demand for paid sex:

the number of women in street prostitution in Stockholm has declined. Where 70 or 80 women used to sell sex outdoors, these days it's between five and 10 in winter, 25 in summer. A small number of women work on the streets of Malmö and Gothenburg but the Swedish figures are nothing like those for Denmark, where prostitution has been decriminalised. Denmark has just over half the population of Sweden but one study suggested there were more than 1,400 women selling sex on Danish streets.
And despite predictions that the law would be both unpopular and tend to increase violence against hookers, the Swedes have found that 70% of the populace supports the new law, and the hookers have found that customers in Sweden are more behaved, no doubt because of the fear of being arrested if the hooker complains to police.

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