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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Tara Ryan, a survivor of the sex trade, explains cogently and succinctly why she fully supports the Nordic Model and not full decriminalisation.

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71 reasons for signing the petition to revoke Leicester University’s ‘student sex work toolkit’

A selection of the brilliant comments that people left on the petition explaining why they were signing it.

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“My foray into prostitution started at age 17, when I signed up on the “Seeking Arrangement” website…”

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A detailed account of the “student sex work” training that a team from Leicester University is delivering to students and staff at British universities.

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Martina Hedrenius, a left-wing Swedish activist, responds to a Novara Media piece entitled, “Sex Work Is Not a Bullshit Job”.

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Diane Abbott MP was quite right to call out the commodification of sexuality that is being encouraged at British universities.

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Prostitution Survivors’ Testimony

Prostitution Survivors’ Testimony

Why I defended the sex industry

By Anonymous

If you imagine a situation to be inescapable you do whatever you can to make that situation agreeable. Coming to accommodate misery, in this way, is an insidious process. With specific regards to prostitution, if those who enter it have for years previous been emotionally or socially neglected, treated with ambivalence or indifference, and/or outright abuse (particularly) the psychological groundwork of ‘low personal expectations’ has been well and thoroughly set. []

Cathy

As told to Roseanne Downton. Identifying details have been changed to preserve privacy.

“I was born in the 1950s into an ordinary working class family in a city in Yorkshire. I left school with a couple of O levels, landed a pleasant job in a nice little chocolate factory. I didn’t get on with my parents, left home, and rented a little flat.  []

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. []

Ally-Marie Diamond

Ally-Marie Diamond is of Maori/Pacific Islander heritage and now lives in Australia. She is a passionate activist against the sex trade and for the Nordic Model. This is her story of being groomed into prostitution in New Zealand. It is the (slightly edited) first part of a speech she gave last year to the South Australian and Northern Territory parliaments when they were debating bills for the Full Decriminalisation of the sex trade. []

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