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Fake sex ad draws in hundreds of Swedes

Published: 25 Mar 2013 09:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Mar 2013 09:02 GMT+01:00

Hundreds of would-be sex-buyers responded to an advert in a newspaper in western Sweden, which offered the services of a fictional 19-year-old prostitute.

The Metro newspaper in Gothenburg published an advert about a fictional 19-year-old woman looking for sex in the city.

While the paper points to the internet as the most popular forum for organizing prostitution meets, men around the city were quick to pounce on the phone number provided.

Over the weekend, the phone had 130 missed calls and seven texts. After a week, the number had grown to 287 calls and 57 texts.

One man offered 1,000 kronor ($155) for half an hour with the prostitute, while another offered 2,500 kronor to urinate on her.

Local police experts were not surprised by the public interest.

"The fact that you got 130 calls over the weekend doesn't surprise me. For those people keeping an eye on the supply, things get exciting with a new ad," Mats Paulsson, head of the prostitution unit of the Gothenburg police, told the Metro newspaper.

He added that he thought the callers were more curious than interested in buying sex.

"Many people call up because they're tickled by the whole thing. They're satisfied to just call or text."

In Sweden, selling sex is not a crime, however paying or attempting to pay for sex is punishable by fines. Anyone convicted of purchasing sex from a minor can be sentenced to up to two years in prison.

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09:38 March 25, 2013 by RobinHood
I don't understand! Sweden has told the world that its sex laws have almost eradicated prostitution in Sweden.

It would be tremendously embarrassing to Sweden if it turned out all that its prostitution industry was actually alive and thriving on this new fangled internet thingy - right under their noses so to speak.

I'm sure that's not the case, and as the Swedes say, its prostitution laws have been a great success. The 287 callers and 57 texters probably all got the wrong number.
11:09 March 25, 2013 by Logic_and_Reason
Think of it this way, RobinHood. If chicken were suddenly removed completely from the Swedish marketplace...I mean completely, successfully removed so that nobody could purchase chicken, legally or illegally...and then ten years later an ad for chicken appears in the paper, what do you think would happen? Of course a bazillion people would clamor for it and drive the price way up because they want it but cannot get it. That does not mean that chicken was readily available all that time. In fact, the greater the demand for that chicken in the ad, the greater the indication that chicken is very difficult to attain. Same with prostitution. If it were super easy to get a hooker, then there would be far fewer people calling on the ad placed in the paper. The fact that so many people did call indicates that demand is way up and supply is way down. Thus, your premise might not be correct. It could be that Sweden's sex laws have successfully diminished the supply of hookers in the country. Basically, there is nothing here to indicate that supply is strong, only that demand is strong.

I am just playing devil's advocate, here. I know the underground prostitution racket is alive and well in Sweden.
11:12 March 25, 2013 by johnjohn
Oops, my mistake. Accidently butt dialed the number.
11:27 March 25, 2013 by Abe L
If we could just legalise prostitution it would be better for everyone. First off it would create jobs, it would be a legal taxable profession, we would not need a "prostitution unit" in every city, the police could focus on things that actually matter and people could legally acquire services they want. It would probably have a positive effect on the number of rape and sexual abuse cases as well.

Best of all, we would not be confronted with such news all the time. The Swedish rules around this topic are absurd and it makes us look silly. Just another industry controlled by the state but with only negative consequences for the people and economy.
11:30 March 25, 2013 by Svensksmith
Did they put you on hold for fifteen minutes each time like they did for me when I accidently dialed it, too? Three times.
12:20 March 25, 2013 by johan rebel
As Abe says, legalize prostitution. The alternative, abolishing human nature, will never work.

Prostitution is alive and well in Sweden, as it is everywhere else. In the Netherlands, where it is legal, one if five men over the age of 16 admit to having used the services of a prostitute. The real figure is obviously much higher. The only difference with Sweden is that in the latter country fewer people are likely to give truthful answers when asked about such matters.

Not all prostitutes are female, by the way, nor are all customers men. Far from it. The "genusperspektiv" nutters who shout the loudest in this country conveniently ignore this fact.
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