Nordic Model Proven Effective in Fighting Sex Slavery

Posted: 12th August, 2014

Report Finds that Sex Buyer Laws Reduce Demand for Prostitution and Trafficking

 European Governments Must Not Fall Behind in Efforts to Combat Exploitation


 Norwegian FlagA report launched in Norway yesterday has shown that sex buyer laws are an effective measure in reducing demand for prostitution and sex trafficking.

 The report, studying the effect of the introduction of laws criminalising the purchase of sex in Norway in 2009, was commissioned by the Norwegian Government last year. Published today, the report highlights the success of the law, stating:

 “The ban on purchasing sexual services has reduced demand for (paid) sex and thus contributed to reduce the extent of prostitution in Norway. The enforcement of the law, in combination with the laws against trafficking and pimping, makes Norway a less attractive country for prostitution based trafficking than if the law had not been adopted.”

 The report did not find “any evidence of more violence against prostitutes after the ban on buying sex entered into force”. It also showed that there had been a 40%-65% decrease of on-street prostitution in Oslo since 2009, with Bergen and Stavanger showing similar trends.

 Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said:

 “The Norwegian report highlights the success which these laws have achieved in our neighbouring countries in tackling human trafficking, one of the biggest crimes in the world today.

 We know that Ireland is not immune from this crime, with 44 victims of trafficking identified in Ireland in 2013. The vast majority of these victims were trafficked for sexual exploitation.

 It is now vital that our Government implements the unanimous recommendation made by the Justice Committee over 12 months ago to introduce laws criminalising the purchase of sex.”

 Nusha Yonkova, Anti-Trafficking Coordinator with the Council added:

 “It is shocking to think that as we receive more and more evidence of the success of the Nordic Model in tackling the exploitation of the sex trade, still our Government has yet to implement such measures to effectively disrupt the work of pimps and traffickers who are making millions in Ireland.”

 As one of the 70 member organisations that make up the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign we are urging the government now to take urgent action on this matter, to ensure the exploitation of women and girls across this country is ended as soon as possible.”

To read the English summary of the report, please go to page 13 here: