Report, 21.12.2004

Purchasing Sexual Services in Sweden and the Netherlands

In 2003 the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Police Affairs launched a Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children . One of the measures in the plan was the appointment of a working group whose task would be to collect experiences which argued for and against the criminalisation of the purchase of sexual services.

On 8 October 2004 the report on The Purchase of Sexual Services in Sweden and the Netherlands. Regulation and Experiences. A Report from the Working Group on the Legal Regulation of the Purchase of Sexual Services was handed over to the Norwegian Minister of Justice and Police Affairs. The report is being published in the Ministry of Justice and Police Affairs report series for the year 2004.

The Norwegian version of the report runs to 140 pages with 11 chapters. This English version of the report is a substantially abbreviated version of the official report. Three chapters have been selected for English-speaking readers: the original Chapter 3 on conditions in Sweden (here Chapter 2); the original Chapter 4 on conditions in the Netherlands (here Chapter 3) and the original summary Chapter 8 (here Chapter 4). This version starts with a brief introduction to the group’s terms of reference and its composition (here Chapter 1).

The English version has been edited by Ulf Stridbeck, Professor of Law in the legal faculty in the University of Oslo who chaired by Professor Ulf Stridbeck,

Purchasing Sexual Services in Sweden and The Netherlands  (pdf)

Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Women and Children (2003-2005) (pdf)

 

Ministry of Justice and Public Security