This might be of interest to you all…

Two things, a blog by a Swedish Sex Worker  (most of it is in Swedish, but this entry, most telling, is in English).

” Most of the women I have spoken to wish to be able to work together with others. This is to ensure safety and to support each other. They find it unfair that they cannot do this and feel scared when they have to work alone.

This law also makes it difficult for sexworkers to cohabit with a partner since it is illegal to receive any of a sexworker’s income. It is hard for a sexworker to have a family at all since sexworkers are considered to be unfit parents and therefore can lose custody of their children if it emerges that they sell sex.”

“The more vulnerable sexworkers seem to be the ones most negatively affected by the law. Women working on the streets in some bigger cities claim that there is now a greater percentage of ‘perverted’ customers and that the ’’nice and kind’’ customers have disappeared. A ‘perverted’ customer is someone who demands more violent forms of sex, sex with feces and urine and who is more prone to humiliate, degrade and violate the sexworker. He also more often refuses to use condoms.”

“And if you are a victim of trafficking the only help you can expect from the Danish or Swedish governments is to be locked up in a closed institution for refugees for some months BUT only if you help the police and expose yourself, for the threat against your family can be executed by criminal organisations.

And when the police no longer need you, you are deported back to your home country directly in to the arms of criminal organisations.”

And my cynical self on AlterNet…the comments are most telling.

3 Responses

  1. You can fins all my articles in English using this link:
    http://www.isabellalund.com/category/in-english/

    You can also find a lot of useful information about sexwork in Sweden at SANS homepage:
    http://www.sans.nu/sans_eng.htm

  2. Isabella- Thanks!

  3. thanks for this post.
    There is no difference between the effects of swedish disaster and the anti prostitution laws in the state of California.
    They just call it by different names to pimp it.

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