Kuosmanen: Sex Purchase Act Creates False Optimism

Whilst Sweden decided banning sales of sex would enable gender equalities etc, it is important to understand that we are not just taken the options of livelihood and safety from people in general (safety as they have to speed things up without being able to be careful, livelihood: how are they to live if no income from customers, who avoid going down in fear of being caught?), but also the fact that more problems would be caused on stigmas and other matters.

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Jari Kuosmanen - Photo by Åbo Underrättelser. All Rights Reserved.Questioning the Sex Purchase Act: Jari Kuosmanen, associate professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Gothenburg, says that supply and demand for sexual services in Sweden has not declined since the late 1990s. Photo: Åbo Underrättelser. All Rights Reserved.

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In 2014, the European Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the Canadian Parliament all voted in favour of laws to criminalise the purchase of sexual services, a measure commonly referred to as the Swedish Model. Meanwhile, the Select Committee of the French Senate, the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, and the Justice and Electoral Committee of the New Zealand Parliament rejected such a move.

Advocates for the Swedish Model claim that the law has led to declining numbers of buyers and sellers of sexual services. However, according to Ann Jordan from the American University’s Center for Human Rights…

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