Button 2 Session 1 Sat

MERLY ÅSBOGÅRD

MERLY ÅSBOGÅRD

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAW THAT WAS NEVER IMPLEMENTED

Last year the Swedish “sexbuyers law” celebrated 20 years. The Swedish government is quick to let people know from all around the world what a great success it is.

Sadly, the truth is another story. Yes; it is criminal to buy sex but the people in prostitution, mainly women has received little or no help to leave prostitution. When we try to file reports, we are being heavily discriminated against. The stigma is alive and well because we never implemented the other side of the law which was caring for the victims of prostitution.

Not implementing the law meant that it was up to Government officials and municipal bodies to have their own opinion regarding if help was there duty, it often meant no help at all.

We are now trying to change that.

LUBA FEIN

LUBA FEIN

FROM SWEDEN TO ISRAEL IN 20 YEARS: PASSING THE SEX PURCHASE ACT

Often sex trade seems impossible to beat.

They have billions of dollars, while we only have our truth.

They tell men that exploiting vulnerable women is normal and acceptable, while we expect them to change.

They promise lawmakers legendary profits that will flow to the economy and state coffers if the sex trade is decriminalized. We require investment in law enforcement and rehabilitation of victims.

Seemingly, this war has already been lost. But against all odds, in just 10 years, 7 countries have adopted the Swedish model of banning the purchase of prostitution, while not a single country decriminalized the sex trade.

Norway

Iceland

Canada

Northern Ireland

France

Ireland

And now Israel too.

Behind each of the seven victories is a story. A story of uncompromising struggle, strenuous work and unmatched female solidarity. I am here to tell you our story - a story of Israeli abolitionism.