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 Policy. Rose 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:
- Susanne Dodillet, researcher who has
published work on the Swedish and German prostitution policy.
- Daniella Danna, researcher with an
expertise in prostitution policy who has done shorter field work in
Sweden. Can be contacted at daniela.danna(at)unimi.it
- Giulia Garofalo Geymonat, researcher
currently based at Lund University.
- Jay Levy, researcher
and author of the book "Criminalizing the Purchase of Sex. Lessons from
Sweden" and the article "Sweden´s
abolitionist discourse and law. Effects (...)".
He can be contacted at j.levy.03 (at) cantab.net. For more
information about his publications, click here.
- Jari Kuosmanen,
researcher at Gothenburg University discusses the sex purchase
- Charlotta Holmström,
University, one of the authors of the book Prostitution
Policy in the Nordic Region, has recently
(2015) published a report on the effects of the sex purchase ban.
- Isabelle Johansson, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at Lund University, is a part of the research project DemandAT. Her Master Thesis won the Masters Essay Award in 2014. The title is Swedish Anti-Trafficking Policy. Official Framework and Local Practices and can be downloaded here.
- Anna Hall (formerly Hulusjö) wrote her dissertation at Malmö Högskola. Her thesis, The Multiplicities of Prostitution Experience. Narratives about power and resistance can be downloaded here.
- Gabriella Scaramuzzino wrote her thesis Sexsäljares och sexköpares kollektiva handlande
på internet: En svensk "fuckförening"? (Collective Action by Sex Service Providers
and Sex Clients on the Internet ) at Linköping University and is now at Malmö University.
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.
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
About the evaluation. Download the evaluation
Reports from the Swedish National Board for Health and
Prostitution in Sweden 2003. Prostitution in Sweden 2007
Nordic report on prostitution 2008
About the report. Download the report
NPPR: A comparative study of prostitution
policy reform in the Nordic countries.
Website. Evaluating 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 ServicesSexworkers
Interview with sexworker Pye Jakobsson. Isabella Lund website. A critique from the perspective of sex workers
Louise Persson: Behind the happy face of the Swedish
Laura Agustín: Skarhed admits scientific method was lacking in
evaluation of Swedish law against buying sex. Magical 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