Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden Jay Levy

ISBN: 9780415739320

Published: August 26th 2014

Hardcover

254 pages


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Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden  by  Jay Levy

Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden by Jay Levy
August 26th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 254 pages | ISBN: 9780415739320 | 3.27 Mb

In 1999, Sweden criminalised the purchase of sex whilst simultaneously decriminalizing its sale. In so doing, it set itself apart from other European states, promoting itself as the pioneer of a radical approach to prostitution. What has come to beMoreIn 1999, Sweden criminalised the purchase of sex whilst simultaneously decriminalizing its sale. In so doing, it set itself apart from other European states, promoting itself as the pioneer of a radical approach to prostitution. What has come to be referred to as the Swedish model has now been proposed in the Scottish, French, and Finnish parliaments.

This book establishes the outcomes of this law - and the narratives that justify it - upon the dynamics of Swedish sex work, and upon the lives of sex workers. Drawing on recent fieldwork undertaken in Sweden over several years, including qualitative interviewing and participant observation, Jay Levy argues that far from being a law to be emulated, the Swedish model has had many detrimental impacts, and has failed to demonstrably decrease levels of prostitution.

Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden utilises a wealth of respondent testimony and secondary research to redress the current lack of primary academic research and to contribute to academic discourse on this politically-charged and internationally relevant topic.This original and timely work will be of interest to sex worker rights organisations, policy makers and politicians, as well as researchers across a number of related disciplines, including law, sociology, criminology, and gender studies.



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