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Big increase in prostitution reports
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Big increase in prostitution reports

Published: 27 Jul 2010 17:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Jul 2010 17:54 GMT+02:00

The number of people reported to the police for buying sex has risen five-fold in Sweden in the past year, according to new figures.

During the first half of 2009 a total of 148 people were reported for paying prostitutes for sex. The number for the same period this year was 770.

A large part of the rise - 430 cases - was due to the discovery of a major prostitution ring in Jämtland county, north-western Sweden. But even when these cases are discounted, the figures had more than doubled.

But police said the dramatic increase was probably not due to a sudden rise in the number of men visiting prostitutes. Rather, they credit increased measures to tackle prostitution and human trafficking. An extra 40 million kronor has been allocated this year to pay for training and strengthening of the police’s operations against the sex trade.

“The figures are absolutely a result of the fact that the police have been given the means to dive deep into this,” said Chief Inspector Kajsa Wahlberg, who advises the government on human trafficking issues.

The national pattern was reflected in Sweden’s major cities. In Skåne, which includes Malmö, some 20 cases of paying for sex were reported during the whole of 2009. So far this year, 50 cases have been reported. There, the extra money has been used to increase internet monitoring of the sex trade, which has resulted both in more reports of people paying for sex and in a fall in street prostitution.

Västra Götaland, which includes Gothenburg, also saw a big increase in reports:

“I wouldn’t say that everything is hunky-dory. But it’s a big increase and it’s clear that we can be pleased with the good results,” said Mats Palmgren, deputy head of the police in greater Gothenburg.

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19:08 July 27, 2010 by locaxy
Morons wasting taxpayer money in the name of the good ol' Christian ideals.

Sex is a service. Regulate it. Tax it.
19:36 July 27, 2010 by conboy
Suprised demand is that high given the behaviour of Swedish women generally why go and pay for it when it is on a plate?
20:44 July 27, 2010 by eZee.se
Well, it certainly looks like someone is giving a fu.. :))
23:07 July 27, 2010 by wxman
Probably not the best photo to use with this subject. Looks more like a male biker. On the other hand, perhaps that's appealing to some.
23:35 July 27, 2010 by Michael84
Sorry to hear it. Any chance immigrants could be related to this?
01:31 July 28, 2010 by vicarno
@Michael84 there you go again......immigrants??? hell NO.

But honestly can someone tell me why prostitution should not be legalised in this country, more sex trade is going on more than we can ever imagine.

Just make this oldest trade legal and enforce tax payment, that 40 million bucks should be useful elsewhere in my opinion.
01:32 July 28, 2010 by rabbemos
Where are these prostitutes? No really, where?
03:17 July 28, 2010 by Da Goat
this is a trouble some law as it is almost impossible to prove as the pro has to admit he.she was paid for sex and not something else! and if they do that the subsequent customers might get around the law by not paying at all!

the more one thinks this law out the sillier it gets!
10:54 July 28, 2010 by resartajo
As always, with this law Sweden is pushing its sh*t to their neighbours and then claim that they are the cleanest country in the world.

While prostitutes cannot work in Sweden, the customes go massively to other countries (Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Thailand) where women's righs basically don't exist.

Instead of legalizing and give rights to people that work in something that will always exist (here or in the nearest border), they just deny it and move the problem elsewhere so that they can brag at how advanced their society is. Hipocrites.
15:10 July 30, 2010 by Rebel
Wonder how many of the men going to prostitutes are married to Swedish women who have gone into the sexually dormat phase of their lives (that is, 4 years after the wedding)?

As for prostitutes, can anyone think of anything more boring than an encounter with a Swedish prostitute

I once tuned into a Swedish porn movie on one of the cable networks and while the women were attractive, it looked as if everyone had just popped a bottle of tranquilizers.
17:49 July 30, 2010 by Icarusty
I blame the immygrunts because... erm... they're barbaric and only think about sex therefore when they can't get it from a whore they rape that's why we have so many rapes in the Western World I have never seen a white rapist, paedophile or murderer it's ALL THE IMMYGRUNTS
05:54 August 19, 2010 by scorpion69
Please see my comment under Laura Agustins article belo
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