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  • 📌 if police officers extort you for money, coerce you to sign illegal protocols, attempt to illegally search you;
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  • 📌 in case of sexual abuse;
  • 📌 if someone threatens to take away your children because of what you do;
  • 📌 if someone blackmails you, threatens you or limits your freedom in any way;
  • 📌 if someone refuses to provide the medical treatment or services because of what you do;
  • 📌 if you require help in applying for a passport or registration, etc.

The Swedish Sex Purchase Act: Where Does it Stand?

26 May 2020 22:05:11

In this article, we present and discuss the intended and unintended effects of the Swedish Sex Purchase Act, which criminalises the purchase of sex within a context where the sale of sex is legal. Whether or not this means of regulating prostitution is successful, and whether it has negative consequences for people who sell sex, are important questions in international policy and academic debates.

This article builds on a scoping study aimed at identifying relevant sources of information as to the consequences of the Swedish Sex Purchase Act, then summarising and discussing these findings. The article offers policy makers and scholars a comprehensive presentation of the evidence and a discussion of the methodological, political and theoretical challenges arising from this.

May-Len Skilbrei and Charlotta Holmström

Prepared by

Charlotta Holmström

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Health and Society, the University of Malmö.

May-Len Skilbrei

Professor, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law, the University of Oslo.

Cover photo May-Len Skilbrei

The article builds on a study funded by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, 2015.

You can read full article here