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Swedish prostitution law as a global model?

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Swedish prostitution law as a global model?

Sweden is one of the few countries where paying for sex is a punishable offence. The United Nations has announced plans to take a closer look at the law to determine whether Sweden can be used as a model case. The Swedish government feels vindicated in its tough stance, but researcher Susanne Dodillet expresses doubts in an article published in the Swedish daily: "This law is based neither on empirical research nor on a well thought-out philosophy. It's therefore all the more worrying that this new inquiry doesn't call the criminalisation of those who buy sex into question. ... Are we doing women a favour by classifying them as the weaker party which is unable to assume responsibility in the sex trade? ... All these paragraphs [in the law] are an expression of symbolic policies which lack an equalising impact."

http://www.eurotopics.net/en/presseschau/autorenindex/autor-dodillet-susanne/

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i wonder if the un will also look at the new zealand law as a global model. as surely they need to make comparisons

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i wonder if the un will also look at the new zealand law as a global model. as surely they need to make comparisons

I'm not sure, but I believe it is this the article refer to, nb they mention independent review

UNITED NATIONS EXPERT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN CONCLUDES MISSION TO SWEDEN

21 June 2006

Finally, I would like to briefly comment on the 1998 law through which Sweden criminalized the buying of sex, while at the same time decriminalizing women (and men) in prostitution. Unfortunately, a comprehensive and independent review of the effects this policy has had on human trafficking and on violence against women in prostitution has yet to be undertaken. A number of my interlocutors have suggested that the trafficking of women to Sweden has become less lucrative and therefore shifted to other countries. At the same time, however, I also received reports that women who remain in the low-end of the prostitution sector, especially drug addicted women, are now more vulnerable to violence and remain largely excluded from public policy measures".

http://www.unog.ch/80256EDD006B9C2E/(httpNewsByYear_en)/C182DD44D845E17AC12571940054A86E?OpenDocument

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