On the "Swedish Model"

For an overview of the legal situation regarding sex work policy and a discussion about the documented effects of the Swedish prostitution policy, please see The Swedish Sex Purchase Act. Claimed Success and Documented Effects by Susanne Dodillet and Petra Östergren. Also please see the article Sex Workers Critique of the Swedish Prostitution PolicyRose Alliance, a Swedish sex workers’ organisation, have conducted the research for the report En annan horisont (Another Horizon), about sex work and HIV/STD prevention from a peer perspective. Unfortunately, this research report is only available in Swedish. A new report (Feb 2015) discuss existing research on the effectiveness of the Swedish ban, here are comments by the researcher Charlotta Holmström and RFSU president Kristina Ljungros, cautioning against the stigma the ban carries with it. 

For scholars who have knowledge of the Swedish situation on sex work, please contact:

Journalists and scholars frequently attempt to contact Swedish sex workers for interviews and research. Unfortunately, due to the criminalisation and stigmatisation, very few sex workers are willing to speak out in public. However, Rose Alliance, an organisation run by sex workers for sex workers, can be contacted about these issues. Please see below for some reports and documents that may be helpful in order to learn more about the Swedish prostitution regime.

Sweden´s Abolitionist Discourse and Law. Effects on the dynamics (...). By Pye Jakobsson and Jay Levy. Download here.

Swedish inquiry on the evaluation of the prohibition of the purchase of sexual services

Summaries and translations can be downloaded here. See also The action plan against prostitution and trafficking for sexual purposes 

Norwegian evaluation of the Sex Purchase Law

About the evaluationDownload the evaluation

Reports from the Swedish National Board for Health and Welfare

Prostitution in Sweden 2003Prostitution in Sweden 2007 

Nordic report on prostitution 2008

About the reportDownload the report 

 NPPR: A comparative study of prostitution policy reform in the Nordic countries. 

WebsiteEvaluating the Swedish Ban on the Purchase of Sexual Services: The Anna Skarhed Report: The Same Policy, But Different Ideas: The Ideational Underpinnings of the Norwegian and Swedish Bans on the Purchase of Sexual Services


Interview with sexworker Pye JakobssonIsabella Lund website. A critique from the perspective of sex workers 

Independent writers

Louise Persson: Behind the happy face of the Swedish anti-prostitution law

Laura Agustín: Skarhed admits scientific method was lacking in evaluation of Swedish law against buying sexMagical thinking of Swedish-law evaluation refuted by new Swedish research  

Wikipedia An extensive discussion and overview 

Bayswan A collection of articles and links re the Swedish Prostitution Policy