Movement for the Abolition of Prostitution

What is the Nordic Model?

The Nordic Model (sometimes known as the Sex Buyer Law, or the Swedish, Abolitionist, or Equality Model) is an approach to prostitution that has been adopted in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Ireland and Israel. It has several elements:

1. Decriminalisation of those who are prostituted

Prostitution is inherently violent. Women should not be criminalised for the exploitation and abuse they endure.

2. Buying sex becomes a criminal offence

Buying human beings for sex is harmful, exploitative and can never be safe. We need to reduce the demand that drives sex trafficking.

3. Support and exit services

High quality, non-judgemental services to support those in prostitution and help them build a new life outside it, including: access to safe affordable housing; training and further education; child care; legal, debt and benefit advice; emotional and psychological support.

A holistic approach

A public information campaign; training for police and CPS; tackling the inequality and poverty that drive people into prostitution; effective laws against pimping and sex trafficking, with penalties that reflect the enormous damage they cause. Read more >>


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This article unpicks Unison Delegate Conference 2022 Motion 55 showing that it’s misleading and relies on poor-quality research. We strongly recommend voting AGAINST this motion.

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Audio and video recordings of a private webinar we hosted for a group of Unison women when Unison’s prostitution policy was up for discussion.

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Audio and video recordings of our Challenging the ‘Sex work is work’ narrative webinar that was held on 24 April 2022.

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As a sex trade survivor, I believe the Nordic Model framework is the way forward, rather than the New Zealand model

The text of a powerful talk Rebecca gave to a group of Unison women when Unison’s prostitution policy was up for discussion.

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FFS Unison, join the dots between the endless ways men make women’s lives a misery and the industry that commercialises such behaviour.

A heartfelt plea to Unison to not abandon its 12-year support for the Nordic Model at its National Delegate Conference in Brighton in June.

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Elizabeth Purslow’s talk at the ‘Equality between men and women and the choice to become a surrogate mother’ webinar on 19 March 2022, organised by the International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood (CIAMS).

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Prostitution Survivors’ Testimony

Prostitution Survivors’ Testimony


“My name is Beth, I was a prostitute for five years. I never thought it would happen to me, but debt and almost becoming homeless can drive people to do things they usually wouldn’t do.

I had a good understanding with my clients but eventually I got a violent one. I was badly beaten up, raped and had my ribs cracked. […]

Prostitution: Never young enough

Kylee Gregg interviewed by Francine Sporenda.

A victim of sex trafficking from the age of 10, Kylee Gregg is now an 18 year old college student. She lives in the US, identifies as a lesbian radical feminist, and runs an activist organization called Womyn Unleashed. []

Roslyn Hamilton

Whether on a street corner approaching men in cars, or being on call attending men’s homes/hotel rooms, there is no scenario in which a punter is safe to be with.

Just because he doesn’t beat you to a pulp doesn’t mean he is less of a threat.

There is an immediate power imbalance as is with all situations where money is concerned. He is in control at all times. []

Chelsea Geddes

Chelsea writes from New Zealand, where the sex trade is fully decriminalised

Hey you ‘If a woman CHOOSES to do sex work then she is empowered by sex work and you’re just a SWERF bigot crowd! Yes you! Hi. Listen to me.

I am one of those women who is said to be here by choice. […]

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