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Report on 10 years of Swedish ban on buying sex

Sweden has released an evaluation of its 10-year old ban on the purchase of sexual service. Sweden became the first country in the world to introduce legislation criminalising the purchase of sexual services but not the sale in 2008. The remit was to evaluate the application of the ban and the effects that the prohibition has had. One starting point was that the purchase of sexual services was to remain criminalized. There is a clear link between the existence of prostitution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Read the report of our Swedish expert to the EWL Observatory Wiveca Holst here.

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