Talking about carceral feminism: Swedish ministers want jail time for sex buyers and add police resources in the name of protecting women
The Ministers of Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson, and Gender Equality, Åsa Lindhagen, demand harder punishments for sex purchase and more resources to the policing of prostitution. In their opinion piece on the 20th of May at Aftonbladet they praise Sweden at the forefront of prostitution policies.
The evidence-based research contracts this view. Based on over two years of fieldwork and 210 interviews that I conducted with sex workers, survivors and social workers in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, I can state that:
Decriminalization is the solution. It centers those who are MOST affected by prostitution laws, meaning sex workers and survivors. Decriminalization is a change of perspective from criminal law to a rights-based approach. It starts with the protection of sex workers. Sex workers and anti-trafficking organizations all over the world together with World Health Organization, Amnesty International, UNAIDS, Human Rights Watch, and medical journal the Lancet support decriminalization of sex work as the best way to prevent exploitation in sex work.
Ps. Decriminalization is not the same as legalization. Legalization leaves those who do not want to / can't (migrants) register as sex workers still outside of legality and criminalizes them.