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Women are victimized by prostitution, then by law enforcement
It's tempting to throw up your hands and conclude "prostitution will always be with us." Some countries attempt to regulate the industry, but that has been shown to increase sex crimes and also organized crime's involvement in the sex trade.
In most countries, women who are trafficked into the sex trade are then doubly victimized by law enforcement.
Solution: Punish Johns instead of prostitutes
In 1999, after years of research and study, Sweden passed legislation that a) criminalizes the buying of sex, and b) decriminalizes the selling of sex. The novel rationale behind this legislation is clearly stated in the government's literature on the law:
"In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them."