Social work initiatives have been formulated to help people selling sexual services since the s in Sweden, and the existence of these is key to understanding how political and public opinion on prostitution changed leading up to the introduction of the Sex Purchase Act. In the periodthe number rose from to ads. We conducted searches through this building block approach regularly from 1 September until 17 May These findings indicate that even though the law is neutral in terms of gender, sexuality and nationality, Swedish authorities do not approach all prostitution in a uniform way. United States Department of Transportation. 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.
While the individualised responsibilisation of clients, in the form of criminalisation, and the clientification of sellers build on the idea of prostitution as a uniform phenomenon, several recent Swedish and international studies have shown the complexity and variety of experiences of selling and buying sexual services.
Outdoors lovers risk trouble with the law
The new legislation rules that sex without explicit mutual consent is rape. Levy points out that this is truer for some social services units than others. Estimates of the extent of prostitution online are seldom discussed from a comparative perspective, probably because these figures are difficult to interpret in relation to the ban, since the internet was not a major contact arena for prostitution inwhen the Swedish Sex Purchase Act was introduced. There is thus currently no shortage of claims about the relationship between policies directed at prostitution and the development in the market. The internet appears to be of great importance for commercial sex today: