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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Esther, sex trade survivor and activist, explains the institutional failure exposed by the decision of the NPCC and the National Crime Agency to collaborate with the University of Leicester in “research” into how websites that facilitate sexual exploitation can “address” sexual exploitation.

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Professor Teela Sanders, who was behind the Leicester ‘student sex work toolkit’ is leading a new publicly funded project “to examine how websites which promote and/or facilitate sex work can address sexual exploitation”. In this article we argue that these websites are corporate pimps and need closing down – not legitimising by misguided “research”.

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A woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent this powerful and harrowing piece in through our Share Your Story page, which provides a space for women to tell of their experiences of the sex trade in their own words.

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Not sure whether to come along to our ‘Students for Sale’ conference on Saturday 15 October? Lynne Walsh explains what you’d be missing…

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Our response to the government’s consultation on public sexual harassment – which you can copy or use as inspiration. The consultation closes on 1 September 2022.

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Suzzan Blac explains why she spent years investigating the pornography that is available to anyone (including kids) for free on Pornhub and the disturbing reality that she found.

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Prostitution Survivors’ Testimony

Prostitution Survivors’ Testimony

Michelle Mara

Michelle Mara started in prostitution in New Zealand when the sex trade was illegal and she continued after it was fully decriminalised there in 2003.

In the 90s I worked at quite a few brothels. The police used to take our names off a register that the brothel kept. The cops knew what was going on was illegal but they turned a blind eye as long as no other laws were being broken, like drug dealing or gang association. []

Loverboy pimps: ‘I really thought he loved me’

Francine Sporenda interviews Sandra Norak, who was involved in prostitution in Germany for six years. 

You entered prostitution when you were still in high school, through a ‘loverboy’ pimp – in other words a trafficker. How did he first approach you? []

Alice Glass

“It is hard to unravel ten years of prostitution into non fictional coherence. To put all the years of confusion and compromise and cognitive dissonance and bent consent onto a page. One year (this month, as it happens) after my last ever ‘appointment’ with a ‘client’, I am trying to retrace my steps through prostitution, with the clarity that comes from distance. Distance being the only thing that enables the human ego to confront its frailties and falsehoods. It is like the clarity a dipsomaniac obtains months, years, from their last, mind altering drop of booze. []

Megan King

The high-class escort

My name is Megan King and I am a survivor of prostitution. I was advertised as a “high class escort”, pitched as a middle-class, well-educated young woman choosing this as a ‘career path’ out of my own free will. There seems to be this assumption within the world of prostitution that ‘escorts’ selling online are freely and willingly engaging because they ‘just love sex’ compared with the women who work on the streets who are viewed as exploited and deprived. []

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