Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden, promoted a model of fighting prostitution and the associated phenomenon of women trafficking, that decriminalises prostitutes and criminalizes customers. Certainly, this approach has been demonised by pimps and traffickers – the main profiteers from this phenomenon, as well as by the men hooked on it.
The article below tries to dismantle the myths build by those opposed to what is generally described as the ‘Nordic model’. Here are the ten myths:
1. I’m a sex worker, I choose sex work and I love it
2. Only sex workers are qualified to comment on prostitution
3. All sex workers oppose the Nordic Model
Here is what we find out in a recent article published by The New York Times:
The question of what should be done about prostitution is as old as the profession itself, but the issue is now front and center again, as a leading human rights group proposes decriminalization, while some countries push toward harsher penalties for those who pay for sex.
In France, England and Ireland, lawmakers are considering new measures — and in the cases of Northern Ireland and Canada, are enforcing new laws — that impose penalties on clients, using a model adopted in Sweden in 1999.
But the effort to crack down on a largely male clientele while sheltering a mostly female work force is taking place just as the human rights group Amnesty International is advocating a new course: decriminalizing all prostitution, both for buyers and sellers. Continue reading “Amnesty International Turning into A Lobby for Pimps and Prostitution”
Source of this map, The Guardian.
Described by contemporaries as “touched with genius” and “the most distinguished woman of the Nineteenth Century,” Josephine Butler launched the first international anti-trafficking movement on behalf of prostituted women. Born into the prominent family of John Grey, a slavery abolitionist and cousin to a prime minister, Josephine was raised in a household that was politically influential, deeply religious, and characterized by a sense of social responsibility and “fiery hatred of injustice.” In 1852 she married George Butler, a respected scholar and cleric. The death of their only daughter, Eva, in 1863, led Butler to seek solace by ministering to people with pain greater than her own. Continue reading “Josephine Elizabeth Butler (13 April 1828 – 30 December 1906)”