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National prostitution legislation and its impact on the fight against trafficking in women for sexual purposes in the European Union - A comparative case study of regulation implementation in the Netherlands and Sweden

Foerster, Susanne (2011) National prostitution legislation and its impact on the fight against trafficking in women for sexual purposes in the European Union - A comparative case study of regulation implementation in the Netherlands and Sweden.

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Abstract:This qualitative desk research displays how two totally different national regulative approaches to prostitution, namely legalisation through a licensing system in the Netherlands and criminalisation of the client purchasing sexual services in Sweden, intend to curb trafficking in women for sexual purposes. By evaluating how well the regulations are implemented and how they contribute to the attractivity of the country for trafficking networks, conclusions on the actual influence of national prostitution legislation on trafficking for sexual purposes can be drawn. It will appear that both legislative systems struggle in getting hold of the trafficking business, but that structures in the Netherlands are more attractive for the trafficking business than in Sweden. In the long term trafficking for sexual purposes can only be eradicated by giving perspectives to women in the origin countries and through handling less protective immigration policies. In the short term national markets need to be rendered less attractive by pursuing and punishing perpetrators consequently, while strengthening the position of women providing sexual services in the prostitution sector and society. The sex business is a world hard to understand for outsiders and swarming with moral stances of authorities believing in their regulative approaches. In order to deal correctly with the sector and tackle its serious problems, sex workers, the real stakeholders, need to get a voice to take the lead and participate in policy-making.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62831
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