Swedish Institute, November 2010
The Ban against the Purchase of Sexual Services. An evaluation 1999-2008
Since 1 January 1999, it has been a crime to buy sexual services in Sweden. In contrast to previous measures against prostitution, the criminalization of the purchase of sexual services targets the demand, i.e., the sex buyer or the prospective sex buyer.
The aim of this report is to evaluate the application of the ban on the purchase of sexual services and its effects. The Swedish Institute investigated how the provision has worked in practice and its effects on the prevalence of prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes in Sweden.