Government gets tough on sex trade

The Swedish government has announced a raft of new proposals to fight the sex trade and organized crime.

Government gets tough on sex trade

Legislation will be reviewed and tightened up and over 200 million kronor ($33.5million) has been allocated for fighting crime and other measures to address the sex trade.

The government has also made a decision to take a tougher line on organized criminal gangs.

The government will invest over 210 million kronor in 36 different initiatives between 2008-2010, according to the new action plan against prostitution and human trafficking presented in Dagens Nyheter by public health minister Maria Larsson, gender equality minister Nyamko Sabuni and justice minister Beatrice Ask.

Crime-fighting authorities will be given an extra 75 million kronor initially to fund the new initiatives. The police and public prosecutor’s office will receive additional funds for training and to enable international cooperation. A new coordinator specializing in human trafficking offences will be appointed.

“New laws give the possibility for secret bugging and more energetic confiscation of profits gained from crime. We shall also review the possibilities for the police to make use of entrapment,” the three ministers write.

The government will also push through measures to reinforce the support available to victims of the sex trade. This will include sheltered accomodation, treatment centres and visiting work.

“Tackling human trafficking is an important part the government’s long-term strategy against serious crime,” the ministers explain.

According to a further debate article by Beatric Ask in Svenska Dagbladet, the government will on Thursday also decide on six different measures to tackle organized criminal gangs.

Among the measures is a proposal to establish a special task force of 200 police officers located at nine police authorities across Sweden.

Swedish Security Service Säpo will be given the main responsibility for developing a national strategy to map and tackle serious organized crime and the prevention of its illegitimate influence over journalists, politicians and decision-makers, Ask writes.