Research, information and documentation on sexual exploitation and trafficking in human beings

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ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Abolitionists, activists against sexual exploitation

To understand the abolitionist view in fighting sex trafficking, it is important to understand the Nordic Model.

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.
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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.
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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.
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4. 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
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