Monday, March 7, 2011

A Comparative Law Lesson from Sweden: Arrest the Customer, Not the Sex Woker

In 1999, Sweden became the first country in the world to partially decriminalize prostitution by criminalizing only the purchaser.  Heather Monasky (William Mitchell College of Law) has now written a law review article comparing Sweden's prostitution and trafficking to that in the United States  The article is called On Comprehensive Prostitution Reform: Criminalizing the Trafficker and the Trick, But Not the Victim - Sweden’s Sexköpslagen in America.  The article advocates that the U.S. adopt Sweden's unique scheme of criminalizing only the buyer of sex.  Here is the abstract of the article:

Sex trafficking of women and children - one of the most urgent human rights violation confronting the world today - incorporates prostitution into its end product. While the world focuses on the nature of prostitution - i.e., forced (trafficked) or voluntary (sex worker) - the author's research indicates that few women in prostitution choose that path.

In 1999, Sweden became the first country in the world to partially decriminalize prostitution by criminalizing only the purchaser. The Swedish approach - known as -The Swedish Model - offers social services to women in prostitution. The Swedish Government chronicled the results of the Swedish Model in a report released in July 2010. While sex workers' rights groups from around the world have attacked The Swedish Model, the Swedish Government claims that it has decreased the incidence of sex trafficking and prostitution in Sweden. Norway and Iceland adopted this approach, and other countries currently consider the model.

The United States' (U.S.) implementation of The Swedish Model would further recent American practices to combat commercial sexual exploitation. The United States should put victims first and import The Swedish Model.

(mew)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/international_law/2011/03/sweden.html

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Hello,

I find all of your posts extremely interesting and enlightening. Currently, I am the president of the International Law Students Association Touro Chapter at Touro Law Center in Central Islip, NY. Should any of you, professors legal scholars or the like, be visiting the NYC area, in the near future, and would be willing to present your views to a body of eager law students, please feel free to email me. We will be thrilled to have you. I hope all is well, and I look forward to more of your blogs.

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Posted by: Kashima A. Loney | Mar 8, 2011 6:54:21 AM

I totally agree with this...why should only the prostitute be blamed?

Posted by: Maryland medical malpractice attorney | Mar 19, 2011 12:12:30 AM

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