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Demand for prostitution is not inevitable

Monday, 11 December 2017  | Andrea Tokaji



International Human Rights Day is on the 10th of December every year, commemorating the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, the United Nations kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the up-coming 70th Anniversary of the Declaration the most translated document in the world.

The gravest human right violation in our world today is slavery and the most abhorrent form of slavery is sexual exploitation, where its victims experience not only slavery, trafficking and abuse but also daily rape. The majority of the worlds slaves today are women and children, and can be found predominantly in brothels across the world. Sexual exploitation is a reality in every country including Australia.

Sexual exploitation is facilitated in Australia by the growing demand to buy and commodify the flesh of women and girls so that predominantly men can pay to rape them.

The demand to buy and rent a womans body is not inevitable.

Prostitution can be viewed on a continuum of violence against women and girls[1] because, as with other practices such as domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, stalking, sexual harassment and crimes in the name of honour, there is a gender asymmetry and hierarchy. Prostitution reinforces intersecting inequalities of race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality and other markers of social hierarchies as well as gender. Prostitution overwhelmingly involves the abuse of women and girls’ bodies by men. This pattern reflects persistent inequalities between the sexes.

Prostitution is often the expression of men’s sexual entitlement to women’s bodies, and legal impunity for sex purchase normalises the practice of paying for sex, which in turn perpetuates the idea that men ‘need’ sexual release in a woman’s body.

Sexual intimacy is a privilege – and should never be seen as a right that can be taken or bought.

Prostitution is a cause and consequence of demand for the commodification of flesh.

Demand in prostitution fuels gender inequality.

Prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation cannot be separated women are trafficked into prostitution because the market of selling and renting the bodies of predominantly women and girls is legalised, accepted as a social norm and at times celebrated as womens empowerment.

It is predominantly men who seek out this service and their growing demand for prostitution is leading to a rise in human trafficking globally, to criminal enterprise within these legalised industries and to gender-based violence. Yet while men are the driving force of these human right violations and crimes, both internationally and within Australia men are also part of the solution if they choose to be. Men drive demand they can also drive abolition. Fewer buyers and smaller prostitution markets are two sides of the same impact.

There are several facilitating factors that fuel the exploitation, slavery, trafficking and gender-based violence against women and girls in prostitution, including: government legalisation of such abhorrent abuses through legalising brothels as legitimate businesses; criminal enterprise that thrives in the industry; the traffickers who transport the women and girls to meet demand; the men who fuel the market; and the media outlets who advertise the purchase of flesh. As Swedish political scientist Max Waltman has pointed out, women must be visible and advertised to buyers for any significant sex trade to occur.[2]

The UN recognises violence against women and girls as ‘cause and consequence of gender inequality’.[3] The legacies of prostitution that many women describe mirror those of sexual violence, such as the need for the woman to dissociate from her own body[4] to be able to provide the ‘service’. This inevitably has negative impacts on the emotional and psychological health of the woman, including those that would fit the diagnostic criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder[5] and that often lead to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.[6]

Understanding prostitution as violence against women is understanding that less prostitution is less violence.

Just as demand has the capacity to grow, demand can also shrink.

The facts are:

  • The overwhelming majority of women in prostitution are highly vulnerable;
  • Prostitution is commercial sexual exploitation and a form of violence against women;
  • Prostitution law reform is urgently needed in order to tackle the demand that drives prostitution and sex trafficking;
  • Criminalising demand has proven to reduce demand, human trafficking, criminality and violence against women in the industry; and
  • The ‘Sex Buyer Law’ or the Nordic Model is known to reduce demand, change public attitudes and create a more hostile destination for traffickers.

The criminalisation of the purchase of sex was pioneered in Sweden, where prostitution is recognised as incompatible with equality between women and men, and the countries with the highest levels of gender equality in the world have subsequently adopted this approach.[7]

Prostitution is commercial sexual exploitation and a form of violence against women recognised by at least eight other countries that have implemented this legislative reform approach.

The most human right compliant and gender equal nations[8] have implemented, or are considering implementing, ‘sex buyer laws’ that criminalise demand – acknowledging that demand leads to a rise in human trafficking, criminality and gender based violence – and recognise that criminalising demand is the only way to reverse this abhorrent human right violation against the most vulnerable in our communities.


International precedent

Criminal sanctions should not fall on those who are exploited, but on those who exploit: the sex buyers.

The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children (The Trafficking Protocol) requires party States to ‘adopt or strengthen legislative or other measures, such as educational, social or cultural measures, including through bilateral and multilateral cooperation, to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children, that leads to trafficking’. And the UN Recommended Principles on Human Rights and Human Trafficking (2002) specifies that ‘strategies aimed at preventing trafficking shall address demand as a root cause of trafficking’.[9]

In 2014, the European Parliament, following a vote overwhelmingly in favour of Mary Honeyball’s motion to recognise prostitution and sexual exploitation as cause and consequence of gender inequality, called upon Member States to reduce demand as part of ‘an integrated strategy against trafficking.[10]

A more explicit recognition of the link between trafficking and prostitution by the European Parliament in 2014 called upon Member States to reduce demand as part of ‘an integrated strategy against trafficking’, and set out that one way to do so is to criminalise the purchase of sex as in Sweden, Norway and Iceland.[11]

The Council of Europe Report, Prostitution, trafficking and modern slavery in Europe, on which Resolution 1983 was based, endorses the Nordic Model as the best legislative practice across Council of Europe members. This resolution was adopted by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in April 2014 and requires States to consider criminalising the purchase of sex as a means to address trafficking.[12]


Sweden

The ‘Sex Purchase Laws’ – or the Nordic Model, as it is now called - were originally part of a raft of laws that addressed violence against women, committing to ending violations of a woman’s integrity.

Chapter 6.8 of the Swedish Penal Code[13], which was introduced in 1999 and was amended in 2009, states: ‘A person who promotes or improperly financially exploits the casual sexual relations for payment of another person shall be sentenced for procuring to imprisonment for at most four years’.

Following the introduction of this law, the size of the sex industry in Sweden significantly decreased compared to neighbouring countries. Evidence on the impact of the criminalisation of paying for sex in Sweden shows that prostitution markets and the proportion of men who buy sex was reduced, and support for the law in Sweden increased. [14]

The implication for demand-related offences is that sanctions should be directed at tackling men’s sense of entitlement to the bodies of women and girls, a sense of entitlement that also underpins other forms of violence against women and girls – such as domestic violence.

A smaller commercial sex market means fewer buyers[15], and therefore fewer harms and less gender based violence in prostitution.

Since the sex purchase prohibition was introduced in Sweden, there has been no lethal violence against women in prostitution. In contrast, jurisdictions such as Victoria that legalised prostitution have common assault, rape, bashings and even the murder of prostitutes occurring on a regular basis.

Furthermore, since the sex purchase law was enacted in Sweden in 1999, independent evaluations[16] have found significant decreases in the size of prostitution markets.[17] On the other hand, prostitution increased in Denmark and Norway during the same period. In Denmark, where purchase of sex is legal, an increase was observed from 3,886 persons being prostituted in 2002 to 5,567 visibly prostituted persons in 2007.[18]

Importantly, Swedish police have noted that, under the new laws, women are more likely to seek support after violence, given that sex buyers commit a crime in buying, and buyers were more careful not to cross agreed boundaries.[19]


The UK

It is estimated that 80,000 people are involved in prostitution in the UK[20]. The majority of people exploited through prostitution are women and girls, and the majority of those who pay for sex are men. Approximately 50% of women in prostitution in the UK started being paid for sex acts before they were eighteen years old[21], and up to 95% of women in street prostitution are problematic drug users[22].

The physical and psychological consequences for women in prostitution can be severe:

-        A nine-country study found that 68% of people in prostitution have post-traumatic stress disorder.[23]

-        50% of women in street prostitution in the UK have been raped and/or seriously sexually assaulted, mostly by sex buyers.[24]

-        Once in prostitution, 9 out of 10 women report wanting to exit but feel unable to do so.[25]

Current prostitution laws do not adequately recognise prostitution as violence against women.

The UK Home Affairs Select Committee[26] recognises the need to criminalise the purchase of sex in England, Wales and Scotland, catching up with the human right compliant and gender equal reform approaches of Ireland, France, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Korea.

The Modern Slavery Act in the UK has been recognised as failing to tackle the demand from sex buyers that drives the trafficking of women into the prostitution trade.

As Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE has said, the failure of the UK Modern Slavery Act to address demand for sex trafficking was ‘a very serious oversight given that, according to the National Referral Mechanism figures, sexual exploitation is consistently the most prevalent form of human trafficking in England and Wales[27].

When paying for sex is legalised, it directly increases the rate of sex trafficking.

An empirical analysis of a cross-section of up to 150 countries found that reported human trafficking inflows were larger in countries where prostitution is legal[28]. International research suggests that slacker prostitution laws make it more profitable to traffick persons to a country[29].

Oral evidence given to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee as part of its prostitution inquiry included information in relation to legalisation, or 'full decriminalisation', of the prostitution trade as a fatalistic approach that sanctions commercial sexual exploitation; encourages expansion of the prostitution trade; provides a conducive environment for sex trafficking; fails on its own terms of ensuring rights and protections; legitimises pimping; and fails to provide a mandate for the provision of exiting services’.[30]

There is evidence to suggest that drug and alcohol addiction can be both a cause and a consequence of involvement in prostitution. A study on the lifetime costs of involvement in prostitution conducted by Linda DeRiviere, published in the journal Feminist Economics, found that over two thirds of women in this sample did not use alcohol or drugs, or were not addicted to substances, prior to their involvement in prostitution[31]. Once in prostitution, 95% of the women reported developing a serious addiction to substances - with the study concluding that drugs were being used as a coping mechanism.

The Sex Buyer Law is designed to discourage demand for prostitution by criminalising[32] paying for sex, decriminalising selling sex, and providing support and exiting services for people exploited through prostitution.


New Zealand

New Zealand is a country frequently cited as an example of a fully decriminalised prostitution model; however, specific restrictions are placed on ‘how, when and where’ the prostitution trade operates. This includes the ability for local authorities to place restrictions on advertising and where brothels are located.[33] Under this regime, profiting from someone else's prostitution - via brothel-keeping, pimping, advertising and so on - is designated a legitimate business activity.

In New Zealand, paying to sexually access a person is sanctioned as a legitimate consumer transaction.

The findings of New Zealand's Prostitution Law Review Committee in 2008 revealed that full decriminalisation failed on multiple counts to prevent harms in prostitution, in addition to the inherent harm of prostitution as a form of violence against women, which the law did not prevent.[34] The Committee found that:[35]

  • the majority of sex workers interviewed felt that the Prostitution Reform Act[36] could do little about the violence that occurred;
  • brothels which had treated their workers fairly prior to the enactment of the Prostitution Reform Act continued to do so, and those which had unfair management practices continued with them;
  • the sex industry remained discreet and to a large extent difficult to study;
  • the Crime and Justice Research Centre key informants were not aware of any substantial change in the use of safer sex practices by sex workers as a result of the enactment of the Prostitution Reform Act;
  • few of the sex workers who were interviewed by the Christchurch School of Medicine, regardless of the sector they worked in, said they had not reported any of the incidents of violence or crimes against them to the Police;
  • although it was hoped decriminalisation would make it easier for sex workers to access health services, the Christchurch School of Medicine study found that there were no significant differences in access to health services between Christchurch participants in 1999 and 2006; and
  • the purpose of the Prostitution Reform Act ‘cannot be fully realised in the street-based sector’.

The Committee also reported that the ‘standard position’ in the trade was that women who sold sex in brothels were not employed by brothel owners. Instead, they were classified as ‘independent contractors’. This meant that women were not guaranteed basic employment protections such as sick pay or the ability to pursue a grievance through the court system.

New Zealand's Prostitution Law Review Committee also found that, in the 12 months prior to questioning, 37.5% of those who sold sex in 'managed' brothels ‘felt they had to accept a client when they didn't want to.[37]

Furthermore, New Zealand's Prostitution Law Review Committee surveyed local authorities to ascertain ‘whether they had done anything to assist sex workers to exit the industry’, and found that just two out of 84 local authorities responded affirmatively.

Since decriminalisation of the sex industry in New Zealand in 2003, at least four women involved in prostitution are known to have been murdered by sex buyers.


Germany

When Germany lifted its ban on pimping in 2001, the rationale underpinning this decision was that a state-regulated prostitution trade, in which brothels could issue employment contracts, would ‘reduce [women's] dependency on, for example, pimps’.[38]

However, the German Federal Government concluded in their 2007 Report that ‘The Prostitution Act has not recognisably improved the prostitutes' means for leaving prostitution’ and that its assessment of the availability of exiting services provided a ‘rather sobering picture.[39]

In Germany, at least 55 prostituted women have been murdered since 2002, when prostitution was legalised.[40]


The Nordic Model Information Network
[41]

The Nordic Model Information Network unequivocally supports the removal of criminal sanctions for all those who are bought and sold for sex and supports criminal sanctions for those who buy and sell others for sex, including pimping and sex trafficking.

In view of the fact that men form the overwhelming majority of those who buy sex, and women and girls are those whose bodies are bought and sold, the Network believes that criminal sanctions are a punishment for being coerced, or for making a decision to survive where there are no meaningful alternatives for vulnerable women.

The Network believes that further measures to hold exploiters, including pimps and traffickers as well as buyers, to account are needed.

Measures to hold exploiters, pimps, traffickers and buyers to account is imperative if we are going to eradicate modern day slavery.

The Network supports initiatives such as funding for outreach services to all victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Recognising prostitution as a condition of gender inequality and as a form of violence against women and girls automatically shifts attention to exploiters, pimps, brothel owners, operators and buyers.

Addressing men’s demand for commercial sex is crucial to policing sexual exploitation of children.[42]

Men who pay for sex from girls are buying female bodies in commercial sex markets where youth is eroticised and prized.

Challenging men’s entitlement through criminalising the purchase of sex offers a transformative approach to tackling sexual exploitation of children.

A recent international comparative study concluded that Sweden was unique in acknowledging that preventing sexual exploitation of children requires a dual focus on enabling young people to protect themselves and interventions with perpetrators.[43] This reflects a deep understanding of how sexual exploitation develops and is experienced as cause and consequence of unequal power and respect between women and men, enacted on the bodies of women and girls.[44]

If Australia is serious about eradicating modern day slavery and achieving its aims under the Sustainable Development Goals to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation, law enforcement focus should be on the practices of those who commodify bodies in the act of buying sex. 

Evidence suggests that reducing demand for paid sex through criminalising purchase discourages trafficking, and legalisation encourages demand and cultivates trafficking to meet that demand.

Studies in different countries, including Sweden and Norway, show strong correlations between attitudes supporting gender equality and a critical view of the prostitution system.[45]

Sweden has shown us the way forward in relation to how laws on prostitution can align with both public opinion and international obligations on equality and human rights to promote the safety and dignity of women and to recognise prostitution as cause and consequence of gender inequality.

Australia needs to follow suit. We need to practice human right gender equal compliance in all of our laws especially in relation to the safety of vulnerable women and girls in an industry fraught with violence, sexual violence and abuse.

Men drive demand they can also drive abolition.

Smaller prostitution markets and fewer buyers are two sides of the same impact.

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Andrea Tokaji
is the Founder of Fighting for Justice Foundation and a PhD Researcher.



[1] For an extension of Liz Kelly’s concept of the continuum of violence against women to include prostitution, see Jeffreys, S. (1998) The Idea of Prostitution Melbourne: Spinifex Press; Coy, M. & Benedet, J. (2012) Prostitution on a continuum of violence against women Conference on Violence Against Women, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 9th November 2012.

[2] For example, see Max Waltman, Evidence Shows that Ending Demand Works’, Op-Ed, Rabble.ca, 11 October 2012, available at http://rabble.ca/ (search for Max Waltman’).

[3] United Nations (2006) Secretary-General’s In-depth Study on all forms of Violence Against Women A/61/122/Add.1

http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N06/419/74/PDF/N0641974.pdf?OpenElement.

[4] For an overview of research on this see: Coy, M. (2012) ‘I Am a Person Too’: Women’s Accounts and Images about Body and Self in Prostitution in Coy, M. (ed) Prostitution, Harm and Gender Inequality: Theory, Research and Policy Farnham: Ashgate.

[5] E.g. Farley, M, Cotton, A, Lynne, J, Zumbeck, S, Spiwak, F, Reyes, M.E., Alvarez, D and Sezgin, U. (2003) Prostitution and trafficking in nine countries: Update on violence and posttraumatic stress Journal of Trauma Practice 2(3/4):33–74; Choi, H, Klein, C, Shin, M-S, Lee, H-J. (2009) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Disorders of Extreme Stress (DESNOS) Symptoms Following Prostitution and Childhood Abuse Violence Against Women 15(9):933-951.

[6] Coy, M. (2012) ‘I Am a Person Too’: Women’s Accounts and Images about Body and Self in Prostitution in Coy, M. (ed.) Prostitution, Harm and Gender Inequality: Theory, Research and Policy Farnham: Ashgate.

[7] This approach has become known as the ‘Nordic Model’ after laws inspired by the original Swedish legislation were passed in Norway and Iceland in 2009. Similar laws have also recently been adopted in Canada, Northern Ireland and France, and are under consideration in Ireland, Israel, Latvia and Lithuania.

[8] Including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Korea, Canada, Northern Ireland and France, and under consideration in Ireland, Israel, Latvia and Lithuania.

[9] Resolution 1983 (2014) Final version: Prostitution, trafficking and modern slavery in Europe. Para 12.1.1, http://www.assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-DocDetails-EN.asp?FileID=20716&lang=EN.

[10] See TEXTS ADOPTED PART III at the sitting of Wednesday 26 February 2014.

[11] European Parliament resolution of 26 February 2014 on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality (2013/2103(INI)). Para 6, at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P7-TA-2014-0162.

[13] The Swedish Penal Code, 1962:700, Government Offices of Sweden, at: http://www.government.se/government-policy/judicial-system/the-swedish-penal-code/

[14] See data and analysis in the synoptic research of Max Waltman (2011) Sweden's Prohibition of Purchase of Sex: The Law’s Reasons, Impact, and Potential Women's Studies International Forum 34: 458-460; Waltman, M. (2011) ‘Prohibiting Sex Purchasing and Ending Trafficking: The Swedish Prostitution Law’, Michigan Journal of International Law 33: 146-51, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2539998.

[15] See Waltman, M. (2011) Sweden's Prohibition of Purchase of Sex: The Law’s Reasons, Impact, and Potential Women's Studies International Forum 34: 459-460.

[16] As well as the 1995, a National Government Report which published estimates that there were approximately 2,500 to 3,000 prostituted women in Sweden, of whom 650 were in street prostitution. Convictions per year for buying sex in Sweden increased from 11 in 1999 to 391 in 2013, and all those who were convicted were men.

[17] Max Waltman, Sweden's Prohibition of Purchase of Sex: The Laws Reasons, Impact, and Potential’, Women's Studies International Forum 34 (2011): 458-60; cf. Waltman, Prohibiting Sex Purchasing and Ending Trafficking’, 146-51. For updates, see Max Waltman, The Politics of Legal Challenges to Pornography: Canada, Sweden, and the United States, Stockholm Studies in Politics 160 (PhD Diss., Stockholm University, 2014), 471-506, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2539998.

[18] See Jeanett Bjønness, Holdninger til prostitution i Danmark’, in Prostitution iNorden, ed. Holmström and Skilbrei, 108. An increase over the same period has also been observed in Norway: Marianne Tveit and May-Len Skilbrei, Kunnskap om prostitusjon og menneskehandel i Norge’, in Prostitution iNorden, ed. Holmström and Skilbrei, 220–21.

[19] For example, see Suzann Larsdotter, Jonas Jonsson, and Mina Gäredal, Osynliga synliga aktörer: Hbt-personer med erfarenhet av att sälja och/eller köpa sexuella tjänster (Stockholm: RFSL, 2011) 98, 260; Niklas Eriksson and Hans Knutagård,

sexmänsäljer.se/x – nöje blir funktion. Rapportserie 2005:1 (Malmö: RFSL Rådgivningen Skåne, 2005), 54.

[20] ‘Paying the Price: A Consultation Paper on Prostitution', Home Office, 2004.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Ibid.

[23] M. Farley, ‘‘Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart’: Prostitution Harms Women Even if Legalised or Decriminalised’, Violence Against Women, 10(10) (2004): 1087–1125.

[24] Hester, M. & Westmarland, N. (2004) Tackling Street Prostitution: Towards an Holistic Approach, Home Office: London.

[25] Farley, M. (2003). Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Trauma Practice, Vol. 2, No. 3/4, 2003, pp.33-74.

[27] Second Reading: Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords, Lord McColl of Dulwich, 2:55pm, 23rd October 2015. Accessed at: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2015-10-23a.946.2&s=speaker%3A13564#g946.4.

[28] Cho S-Y.; Dreher A. & Neumayer, E. (2013) Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking? World Development, 41: 67-82.

[29] Jakobsson, N. & Kotsadam, A. (2013) The law and economics of international sex slavery: prostitution laws and trafficking for sexual exploitation, European Journal of Law and Economics, 35: 87–107.

[31] L. DeRiviere (2006) A human capital methodology for estimating the lifelong personal costs of young women leaving the sex trade, Feminist Economics, 12 (3): 367–402, p. 377.

[32] The Global Network of Sex Work Projects defines legalisation as: ‘the introduction of laws that aim to impose state regulation and control sex work: 'Sex Work and the Law', Global Network of Sex Work Projects, briefing paper 7, p.5.

[33] K. Banyard, Pimp State: Sex, Money and the Future of Equality, Faber and Faber, 2016.

[34] New Zeland’s Prostitution Law Review Committee Report, 2008, at: https://maggiemcneill.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/report-of-the-nz-prostitution-law-committee-2008.pdf.

[35] 'Report of the Prostitution Law Review Committee on the Operation of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003', Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Government, 2008.

[36] New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Act 2003, at: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2003/0028/latest/DLM197815.html.

[37] 'Report of the Prostitution Law Review Committee on the Operation of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003', Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Government, 2008, pp.46.

[38] Report by the Federal Government on the Impact of the Act Regulating the Legal Situation of Prostitutes ('Prostitution Act)', Federal Ministry for Family affairs, Senior Citizens and Youth, 2007, p.9.

[39] 'Report by the Federal Government on the Impact of the Act Regulating the Legal Situation of Prostitutes ('Prostitution Act)', Federal Ministry for Family affairs, Senior Citizens and Youth, 2007, pp.79, 34, at: http://www.cahrv.uni-osnabrueck.de/reddot/BroschuereProstGenglisch.pdf and https://ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking/sites/antitrafficking/files/federal_government_report_of_the_impact_of_the_act_regulating_the_legal_situation_of_prostitutes_2007_en_1.pdf.

[40] Data collected by activists in Germany ‘Prostitution in Germany: Murders and attempted murders since 2002’. Perpetrators are reported as buyers and those associated with the prostitution milieu.

[41] The Nordic Model Information Network is a subsidiary of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, a global alliance of researchers with deep and systematic expertise in researching the dynamics of prostitution and the sex industry, trafficking and violence against women. More information can be found at: http://www.catwa.org.au/nordic-model-information-network/.

[42] Coy, M. (in press) Joining the dots on sexual exploitation of children and women: a way forward for UK policy responses Critical Social Policy.

[43] Cameron, G., Mendez Sayer, E., Thomson, L. & Wilson, S. (2014) Child Sexual Exploitation: A study of international comparisons Desk Review for the Department for Education Nottingham: The Virtual Staff College.

[44] Coy, M. (in press) Joining the dots on sexual exploitation of children and women: a way forward for UK policy responses Critical Social Policy.

[45] N. Jakobsson. & A. Kotsadam, Gender Equality and Prostitution: An Investigation of Attitudes in Norway and SwedenFeminist Economics 17.1 (2001): 31-58.



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