In April , the law was amended as part of a reform of sexual crimes to add the clause "That which is stated in the first section also applies if the payment has been promised or made by someone else" to include procurement by a third party, which was acknowledged as a loophole. However, the debate continues to be very divisive. Brothels were also illegal, but persisted under police surveillance. The Swedish government commission SOU In practice, women charged under the vagrancy provisions were apprehended for prostitution in what was still coercive care as social control. She also wrote that, "No doubt, critics of this law will soon be arguing that the research that formed the basis of this evaluation is flawed and biased".
The motion was passed Other data suggests that any over reporting would not be as large and even if so the number of persons in prostitution in total is many times larger in Denmark than in Sweden and Danish numbers on indoor prostitution were estimated at The methodology has been criticized. They saw prostitution as patriarchal oppression, and therefore, not a free will choice, although there was less unanimity over what should be done. Some attempt was made to distinguish between voluntary and involuntary prostitution. However, ensuing public debates revealed that even Swedish women were divided on the approach that had been taken. An abolitionist office, the Svenska Federationen , was established in Sweden in ,  and eventually protests, including women's movements in the s,  led to the commissioning of an inquiry in , reporting in Some have considered the numbers on street prostitution in Denmark to be over reported, based on a report from the Danish prostitutes' organization Sexarbejdernes Interesse Organisation SIO. In support of this, they cited a case  in which it was held that the law did not provide a woman with a civil right to damage awards from a purchaser in a sexual transaction. Police who have studied the occurrence of violence have not found any evidence of an increase Respondents included both men and women. Some informants speak of greater risks However, the law is politically constructed, discussed, and enforced in the context of women selling sex to men. The interview data and other research indicate that violence and prostitution are closely linked, whatever sort of legislation may be in effect. Bills from women parliamentarians criminalizing clients continued to be presented, and the Government was criticized for inaction. Public opinion[ edit ] Opinion polls have shown high public support. However, whatever the numbers, the scientific question is whether this has anything to do with the sex purchase law or, rather, reflects historical patterns and cultural attitudes. By , women parliamentarians were stating that prostitution was the most important social problem of all time,  demanding a further commission The law's supporters see the report as affirmation, while critics complain it adds nothing since it is not based on empirical research. In April , the law was amended as part of a reform of sexual crimes to add the clause "That which is stated in the first section also applies if the payment has been promised or made by someone else" to include procurement by a third party, which was acknowledged as a loophole. They found that prostitution was declining and recommended that criminalization would merely drive it underground and worsen stigmatisation. It specifically pointed out that this also applies to the Swedish model, claiming it has actually resulted in consequences for the sex workers, even though reported as a success to the public. The number of convictions was not reported. Some observers have noted that practitioners have left Sweden in order to ply their trade elsewhere, Africa being one destination. Other concerns were expressed about the state of legislation and practice in the rest of the EU, including a fear of contamination of Sweden, and that this would send a message to Europe against liberalization. The latter  met the women's objectives, the former,   however, proposed criminalizing both parties to an exchange in prostitution, including both hetero and homosexual prostitution. However, this was not as homogeneous as is sometimes perceived.
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