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Swedish businessman fined for porn star sex

The Local/dl · 4 Jan 2011, 10:08

Published: 04 Jan 2011 10:08 GMT+01:00

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"I admitted to buying sex to avoid the humiliation of a trial," the 47-year-old told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

As part of the plea deal, the man was fined 30,000 kronor ($4,500) for violating Swedish laws criminalising the purchasing of sex.

The man was arrested in connection with an investigation into an escort service operated by the porn film actress who, according to the 47-year-old, has starred in more than 50 pornographic films.

According to the newspaper, the porn star told police the businessman paid her 3,500 kronor for sex and that he had purchased sex from her on two previous occasions.

But the 47-year-old contends that police scared the allegations out of the woman, pushing her to "say things which weren't true."

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He claims he simply wanted to take pictures of the woman in erotic poses in connection with casting work for a movie and that the two then had consensual sex following the photo shoot.

But the businessman isn't taking the ruling lying down, claiming calling the case a "damn legal scandal" and penning a letter to police in which he praises the women who work for escort services as "heroes" who provide depressed people with much-needed personal contact.

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10:22 January 4, 2011 by JulieLou40
"Well-healed"? Really? Is this a new way of spelling then??
10:35 January 4, 2011 by flintis
The woman may have been a faith "HEELER" ;-))
10:46 January 4, 2011 by Lostaussie
Another broken useless law!
10:55 January 4, 2011 by Rebel
You know, if he had just set up a video camera, paid her as an "acress" in connection to making a porn video, and then named himself the lead star, then no law would have been broken.
11:10 January 4, 2011 by Israeli Jew
Without a doubt, Swedes are phony people. Therefore, Their useless so-called "law" is just fake as they are.
11:43 January 4, 2011 by johnny1939
It seems the police ought to have more important things to do these days like violance and robberies in the streets. Who cares about bonking?

Yes israeli jew, we tend to be hypocrits.
12:07 January 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
A Polish officer never accepts money for sex.
12:10 January 4, 2011 by Kevin Harris
Sweden's sexual offences laws, of all varieties, are in disarray and publicly ridiculed by lawyers and judges from other countries. There are many sexual acts that are permissible in other European countries, but serious crimes in Sweden. Tourists can easily break these ridiculous laws in ignorance, and find themselves classified as sexual deviants once back in their own countries. In fact, the only deviant is the Swedish law itself, completely out of line with the rest of Europe; drafted by crackpot feminists from the Social Democrat party, but left in place by the Moderate party, who really should get round to putting it all right.

Students at a Swedish law college have produced a form to carry about with their condoms. It is meant to be signed by both partners after the event, and confirms that sex was consensual and that neither party has a legal complaint against the other. How romantic!

If you are a visitor to Sweden, the best policy is to abstain from sex, or any other form of intimate contact, until you get home.

@Israeli Jew - Quite right. Stay away from Sweden. We will all be much happier that way.
12:14 January 4, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Yah, Rebel has it right!

"Produce" your own video and then you HAVE to pay your worker(s) for the sex (scene) OR ELSE the police will come arrest you for slavery and tax evasion.
13:25 January 4, 2011 by Nilspet
@Kevin Harris

I like your post ! It contains many truthful statements and it is certainly useful for those who plan to visit Sweden.

By the way what are differences between "crackpot feminists" and "ordinary feminists"? ;)
14:50 January 4, 2011 by bob3000
This whole article reeks of sensationalism based on little real fact. Even the few facts reported show glaring contradictions.

@Kevin Harris

It is an interesting point, given the study of the Swedish prostitution laws by the UK. So more details from you would be welcomed.

There are acts of abuse which are classed as minor offences in other countries, but given more serious consideration in Sweden.

Do you have more specific details about the differences, or are you referring to the broad definition of molestation and sex crime within Swedish Law?
15:06 January 4, 2011 by Marc the Texan
"He claims he simply wanted to take pictures of the woman in erotic poses in connection with casting work for a movie and that the two then had consensual sex following the photo shoot."

That convoluted excuse is embarrassing and no one buys it. It's the sort of lie you come up with in junior high school. Just admit you wanted to lay this porn star. People can understand that, no need to apologize.
15:09 January 4, 2011 by alingsaskev
Once again it appears that Swedish law has opened itself up to ridicule. In this particular case I cannot find a victim. The young lady in question appears to enjoy the use of her body for sexual activities and the gentleman in question (although perhaps misguided in his activities) seemed to concur that it was a pretty nice body too. We could debate the pros and cons of paying for sex until the cows come home, but as I said in this case there appears to be no malicious intent, no harm done and no real victim - therefore Swedish law appears simply to be meddling in peoples private lives in an overbearing and condescending way.

It is ludicrous to me that in Sweden Bestiality is perfectly legal (on the grounds that it cannot be proven that the animals don't enjoy the experience), that true and aggravated rape cases are treated with leniency, that murder more often than not carries a sentence of just 10 years and that parents spanking their children can result in a sentence of 1 year and a fine payable to their children of about 100,000 SEK.

Sweden as part of the EU really needs to take a very deep, serious look at itself and its legislation. It is increasingly out of step with the world and although it often portrays itself as a beacon of democracy and even-handedness it is increasingly seen, I think as a slightly crackpot socialist nonentity that bewilders outsiders in a way that only the Scandinavian nations can.
16:19 January 4, 2011 by bob3000

You comment is just so warped and lopsided, to the point of laughable, it is hard to know if it is worth acknowledging it.

I fail to see the ridicule - in Sweden there is a clear law that it is illegal to buy sex. Period.

Just because some guy who was caught and admitted to it, all be it, and with an absolute arse of an excuse. The prostitute has told the police that he is a repeat client. His story is even more untrustworthy.

She has not broken the law, she has nothing to gain by lying to the police. He has everything to gain by lying.

Bestiality is not legal. You are wrong. It is covered under animal cruelty and is prosecutable.

Have a good long objective look at the world and the state it is in. For a country with only 9 million, I think Seden does very well. They have education, healthcare and social support well above what could be expected from similar populated countries. A solid economy.

Where are you living that is so much better, that makes you feel entitled to take swipes at Sweden?
16:29 January 4, 2011 by saraswed
yes,polis caught a guy who paid for sex .yes we can .now they asking for more money from 17,000 to Kr to 20.000 here in the south .we know but we all know it difficult to approach girls here in Sweden .am sorry for some foreigners who find it difficult.what can they do than pay for it.i dont suggest someone breaking the laws .but as the laws was made it should have made easy for people get it.(ridiculous but i dont mind its not my problem) .lol
17:42 January 4, 2011 by Nilspet

I agree with you on one thing that Sweden "now" has a solid economy. But this (my) country can no longer be a good example for others in many regards. We still have ridiculous, incoherent and bias laws and practices. I STRONGLY disagree with you that our education and healthcare work (in proportion to our economic status). Where have you been? Recent survey shows that Swedish kids are far behind many other kids among OECD countries. Never compare our education with our little brother Finland..you will be red in your face! Finland is the best in the world at educating people. Where are we on the list despite our massive spending on education? Go and figure out. Many of my friends go to Thailand when they need urgent medical attention (hip surgery, dental care, etc) because the wait times here are still unbearable in many kommun.

I tell you something very sad: ten years ago we thought we would be an example for the world in greentech for the 21st century as such .. now the world looks up to China for greentech (we once highly criticized them for being coal burners). Even Denmark left us in the dust in terms of wind energy. We have been overtaken by many in areas after areas despite our good fiscal status. Our trains do not work anymore. Ten years ago China did not have any train that could go faster than 140 kph now the Chinese trains are the world's most modern and fastest. WE should NOT have an attitude that what we have is and will remain the best and this include material and even the law. We should look out to the world and flow with it. I think the sex law (among others) we have is very odd, obsolete and it benefits no one.

If it is not allowed to pay for sex .. why on earth does the law allow pornographic film productions in Sweden? The girl in the news is a porn star and if the sex acts were made as a movie...that would have been OK right? You see the point? The girl was not hurt in any case and I think she was happy she made money in a more natural way (doing porn films can be complicated with many takes...). The sex law is supposed to protect not to interfere. There are many examples of this kind of inconsistencies .. . Let me tell ya that most people who criticize Sweden, whether they are living in Sweden or elsewhere, do so because they have admiration for this country and they want it to be better. Sweden is a democracy and thus we should encourage people to speak out and even criticize for things to be better. Personally I think our sex law should be changed to be similar to that in most EU countries. Due to the Schengen agreement we have open borders so we should definitely have a similar rule of law and practices. You do not want to have to read a (sex) law book in Holland before you date a Dutch person in Amsterdam, I guess.
17:55 January 4, 2011 by alingsaskev

I don't find my comments lopsided, and I currently live in Sweden (and have done for the past 4 years.) I have also lived in several other countries - so I know what I am talking about and am quite able to compare and contrast experiences and societies.

I at no times cast aspersions on Sweden's ability to look after its 9 million people, they have a great healthcare system, a great education system and great social support as you have correctly stated - and Swedes pay a great deal of money in taxes to enjoy these things.

My comment was as regard Sweden's oddly skewed legal system, which does seem to have a lopsided fascination with sex.

Sweden is in some ways a great nation - but it struggles to straddle the secular and the religious, the temperate and the addictive, the socialist and the free market, the feminist and the conservative.

As each coalition government has forced through legislation to appease splinter groups and to keep the coalitions tight so the legislature has become a strange mish-mash of opposing ideas and doctrines. This was my point.

I am sorry if you took my comment to be lopsided, and I do take your point that the gentleman in question did something illegal. My point, and I think the general consensus of those who have commented above is that it should not have been illegal in the first place. That the laws of Sweden need to reflect the will of the majority and that they often don't.
18:06 January 4, 2011 by bob3000

I said and I quote "For a country with only 9 million, I think Sweden does very well."

I did not say or imply education or healthcare in Sweden is the best - of course it can be better.

I agree that things have declined in the last 10 years, but let's agree - it has been marvellous.

But let's not drag on the horse hair shirt at every opportunity.

I travel and do business in Asia on a regular basis - the success in China - I'm impressed with the sheer scale of their move forwards - not that impressed with quality or consistency.

The buildings are pretty shoddy and things are generally not built to last.

Railways in China was not even within the same arena as Japan - forget it.

..."whether they are living in Sweden or elsewhere, do so because they have admiration for this country and they want it to be better."..

I think you are being naive or too generous - there are a lot of trolls - who just want to whine and complain - thelocal is not a forum to improve anything.

Change and improvement comes through active participation.
18:42 January 4, 2011 by Nilspet
Hallå bob3000!

I respect your opinion (even though I do not think you have taken into account all the facts) and for sure I do not want to drag on ...

Let me say this: our sex law is laughable. Why? If you want to ban prostitution then ban both sides. How can it be that the law punishes only those who pay the money for sex not those that offer? The other party who enjoy it equally can walk away with the cash .. come on.... this law is not serious and it does not help anybody than to satisfy some feminist's ideology.

Yes Sweden was marvelous but it has been in decline despite the fact hat we have a very steady and solid fiscal status. However macro economy does not tell everything about the country.

I have been on HS trains in Spain, Germany, France, Finland .. I can say that our X2000 is now the worst among those that go over 200 kph. I have been on the Chinese CHR it is better than many in Europe because they have new tracks and were built with German super precisions. They have also the Maglev in Shiang Hai. Have you tried it? I am not saying that Chinese train system in general is better than that in Germany, Spain and Japan but if you only look at the high speed rail (HSR!) then it is best now! I am also not saying that China is better than the Japanese HSR in general but soon it will be better because the Chinese attitude is to never believe that they are the best but their attitude is to strive to be the best. That we in Sweden lack I am sorry to say.

It is correct that "change and improvement comes through active participation" but not everyone has a chance to participate. If any decent politician happens to read these comments they will understand that they are flaws in our sex law and people elsewhere or foreign people living here can see. Again this is a democracy everyone has equal rights to whine and complain ..men women children whoever that reads the Local, ... . I do not see any problem at all. Yes I am very generous :) you can say. Sweden is an open and transparent society and we should adhere to that principle.

Last but not least, NEVER compare Sweden to other countries that have about the same population .. you have to compare it to countries of about the same economic status and then you will see that you are not happy (even if you salary is 100tkr a month you would not be happy to be stuck on the X2000 for 5 hours due to 3 cm of snow!).

Certain laws should definitely be changed to suit the will of the majority as mentioned by alingsaskev above.
19:08 January 4, 2011 by alingsaskev
Thanks @ Nilspet
19:59 January 4, 2011 by bob3000

@ Nilspet

Certainly heading towards being one of the few interesting discussions on here. Thank you.

Are you both advocating either (1) no law against prostitution (2) legal prostitution for state authorised brothels (3) legal prostitution for those wealthy enough to pay a min. fee?

Are you saying because she is a porn actress - then it should not be prostitution?

Should we have different lanes for justice?

Pimping teenagers in Skåne should be okay?

If we go the lane/ wealth system then we could decide the merits on a one-by-one case basis.

It may well be a shame that presently we are saddled with antique teutonic and Roman Common Law principles.

Regardless of intent or harm - right now justice is meant to be blind and equal. ONe size fits all, unfortunately.

@ Nilspet

I agree sitting on a train for 5 hours is a disaster - I'm not sure I would swap our society for China's communist regime, censorship, brutal suppression and sweat labour wages - for a new German made train system - but that is just my opinion...

Which other countries with our GDP are working better - out of interest?


I'm just wondering about the ridicule - that was all. The bestiality statement was bold, but wrong.

If there was a way for those wanting to trade sex for cash - and it was guaranteed in all cases no single person was exploited, slave traded, drugged, abused, physically threatened, etc - then state sanctioned, certified physically STD clean sex services - would not be a tremendous stretch.

But, in my experience of the world - that is no where close.

I remember the German brothels being undercut by polish pro's doing it in portaloos for €5.

But, you seem to have a good idea of a workable system - please do share.
20:04 January 4, 2011 by locaxy
This is one retarded obsolete set of laws! Shameful. The sooner they are reformed, the better off everybody will be (and that includes the legal system currently clogged up with dealing with victimless "crimes"!).
20:56 January 4, 2011 by Nilspet
Hej bob3000

It is probably not easy to settle all the issues here. Let me try my best anyway:

1) You have to debate on whether prostitution is bad or good for Sweden. Right or wrong based on religious views is not an issue because Sweden is a secular state. How do we define prostitution in general? Is it about the exchange of sex for money between private individuals or more like brothels, escorts, pornography where ads are allowed. As it is now in Sweden it is perfectly OK to pay someone to have sex with you as a part of a porno film production with you as an actor/actress (and you do not even have to market the film, just keep it for personal use). This is the first loophole with the current law. So in my opinion the current law is bad for Sweden because there are loopholes and does not really wipe out prostitution from our society. This is why I do not like it.

2)Since we have been allowing this loophole then our sex law should to be inline with many EU countries namely we regulate prostitution and the state should protect prostitutes from abuses (etc that you mentioned above) and this applies to both male and female prostitutes. Still I am not sure I would like to see prostitutes at every dark corner, so a red light district (for both male and female clients) could be a solution. I dont see any problem for men to sell sex to women (having in mind that we are a sexless state). I am not saying that I encourage anyone (men and women) to be prostitute but if it is regulated then people have more choices. I have heard many women (even my friends) saying that they would not mind to make money by having sex with someone but they cannot because of the current law.

3) If you want to ban prostitution then you should ban even the porn film productions because that is equivalent to paying for sex (i.e. someone gets paid to have sex).

So I do not have any preference but I want a coherent and consistent and unbias law that treats everyone equally. Again, looking at this case: the business man paid the porn actress and he violated the current law (and got his name registered in the criminal record) while she walked away free with money as if nothing happened. This is not fair as she was willing to do the work with him.

If he forced her then I would see no problem punishing him. It is deplorable that it has been this way in the last 10 years.

Lastly, I do not like communism and that is why I said we should remain open and transparent to everyone. An open forum like this is probably banned in China. I like Sweden not because it is where I belong but it has been good country but I want to make sure it will not decline any further. That is why I like the Chinese attitude of trying to be better all the time.
21:07 January 4, 2011 by andrewsrocks
god bless scorts and their brave work for a healthy society.
23:27 January 4, 2011 by alingsaskev
@ Bob3000

I'm sorry to correct you here but Zoophilia (bestiality) is legal on Sweden.

It was formerly illegal, but made legal in 1944. A 2005 report by the Swedish Animal Welfare Agency for the Swedish government expressed strong concerns over the increase in reports of horse-ripping incidents, although noting that "the rise in documented cases did not necessarily mean that there was a de facto increase", and distinguished zoophilia activity from incidents involving physical injury (zoosadism). The Animal Welfare Agency gave as its opinion that current animal cruelty legislation needed updating as it was not sufficiently protecting animals from abuse, but concluded that on balance it was not appropriate to call for a ban.
23:57 January 4, 2011 by Israeli Jew
Kevin Harris Comment 8

Sweden and Swedes need my expertise so badly, that's why I am doing them a favor and accepted to stay in this dark, cold and boring country.
00:54 January 5, 2011 by muscle
What the hell! Why are Sweds crazy about SEX! Almost every day we get news related to SEX! Desperates or what! I respect Sweds a lot, but this thing about them being crazy about SEX is just TOO much!
03:54 January 5, 2011 by volvoman9
@muscle Obviously the population is frustrated over the tight fisted control of their government where sex is concerned. The laws reflect the archaic influence of religion over modern society. These moralistic notions are not founded in any good sense but by a populace unable or more likely unwilling to think for themselves. We still seem to fear angering a God that we aren't really sure exists... but why take the chance? For all societies liberal intentions I fear we may be going backwards intellectually.
05:52 January 5, 2011 by jackx123
is it possible to have the contact details. Seems he had loads of fun and since I'm not a "well heeled" business man I sure I'll have all the fun. hehehe
07:10 January 5, 2011 by Da Goat
I have a question she is a porn star right and it is illegal to pay for sex right,

does she then work for free when making the movies or is she paid for something else and does the sex for free!

paid to do acting and the sex bits are not paid for... she must like her job!

he maybe well heeled but is not so bright, he must be a silver spooner!
09:00 January 5, 2011 by bob3000

You are splitting hairs and simply looking up wiki for validation is limp - and I notice you left out a significant comment from that report,

"It has to be noted in this context, that not having laws against a behavior and acceptance of it by society are two completely different matters...no acceptance of the persons engaging in this kind of sexual activity was adopted by the population."

You have simply cherry picked the bits you like from that article.

Just because there is not a piece of legislation specifically entitled "Law against Zoophilia" - does not mean that it cannot be prosecuted.

If it can be prosecuted, it can be shown to be illegal - irrespective of the conviction carrying the specific title.

It can clearly be prosecuted under the existing Animal Cruelty Legislation (2007).

Again, just because something is not explicitly illegal does not mean it is automatically socially acceptable.

The law has to operate hand-in-hand with basic common sense, if it did not we would end up having to legislate the minutia of everyday life.
10:13 January 5, 2011 by Kevin Harris

"The law has to operate hand-in-hand with basic common sense, if it did not we would end up having to legislate the minutia of everyday life."

And there it is. One sentence that defines the reason why Sweden's sexual offences laws are such a mess.

We have been told that the missionary position in Sweden is rape because it involves a man placing his weight on a woman. we are told we are guilty of rape if we do not immedietly withdraw a broken condom and renegotiate our sexual adventure. I would say this intrusive investigation by the Swedish state into my bedroom is both long on minutia and short on common sense.

Now a short examination of the common sense applied to Sweden's curious prostitution laws. Squads of detectives stake out capable middle aged ladies for days, and intimidate them into giving up their client lists. While these police resources, and considerable amounts of donunts and coffee are wasted, teenage girls kidnapped from Eastern Europe are raped (in the traditional and proper meaning of the word "rape") several times a day on sperm-soaked mattresses within ten kilometers of the Swedish Parliament. The gangs that benefit operating with impunity, and seemingly with police and political blessing.

Laws that seek to regulate the minutia of our lives applied without common sense. I think that sums it up nicely. Good job Bob.

An interesting but non-sexual related criminal statistic is that Sweden is now, per-capita, the world's leading exporter of international terrorism.

Take those rose-tinted glasses off Bob, something's gone wrong in Sweden. Face up to it.
10:35 January 5, 2011 by bob3000
@Kevin Harris

Oh don't you think you are clever, re-quoting my comment back out of context and thinking you have made a trump.

You are long on wild opinion, but so very short on fact and reference.

The strange thing is, the Sweden I live in and experience is still just fine. Certain aspects do not to seem to have held up over the last 10 years - but it is still beats my experiences of living and working in the UK, France, Germany, the US and parts of Asia.

I'm not surprised you dodged my original questions to you,

(1) So more -details- from you would be welcomed.

(2) "Do you have more specific -details- about the differences, or are you referring to the broad definition of molestation and sex crime within Swedish Law?"

..."on sperm-soaked mattresses within ten kilometers of the Swedish Parliament."... so very evocative.

What is your framework for allowing sanctioned prostitution but eradicating exploitation and abuse?

You seem good on outrage, but again poor on any answers for it.
11:14 January 5, 2011 by Nilspet

Let's always stick to facts. I think #32 Kevin Harris's following statements are entirely true (I added a bit of course):

1. Sweden's sexual offences laws are such a mess (too complicated for ordinary world citizens to comprehend).

2. Swedish state (enjoys) interferes with people's sex life (i.e. wasting our tax money in citizens's pants) while rapes happen frequently and true sex victims are often not given justice.

3. We have problems understanding the proper meaning of the word "rape". BTW I must ask if WOT is considered a rape or not? This is clearly an act where the weight of a woman is placed on a man (it can hurt badly).

Now I will tell another truth:

The sex law we have does not solve any problem at all (than to fulfill feminists's ideology). It may even have some correlation with the increase of rape crimes in this country. Any research done on this? Actually as of now it is perfectly legal to stand on a street and hold a placard with information like "Sleep with me for 500 kr per hour or even explicitly as B... job for 300 kr, ... ". Anyway your potential customer(s) would have to think twice because he/she could end up in jail for buying your product.

It has been shown (especially in the west) that STDs are not results of sex industry/tourism. Very common STDs in Sweden such as Chlamydia spreds among people who sleep with friends, neighbors, colleagues, i.e. it is mostly due to casual sex among population. A one-night stand increases risks of getting infected with STDs because you and your encouter(s) are often too drunk/nervous to make sure safe sex is practiced. Sadly it is spreading among our young people because they think their friends are clean or simply they are too toxicated to protect themselves. The painful truth is that professional prostitutes (e.g. in Holland) are more educated about STDs than average citizens. So professional prostitutes not only make some people happier but also reduce risks of STD infections because they are fully aware and they most often do their job sober. So if you want to blame prostitutes for spreading diseases you will have to think again. It was before in the 80s, not these days.

I suppose that this convicted businessman can feel secure that he contracted NO STDs because the service(s) was delivered by a professional who is well educated about risks and did not need to get drunk to perform.

@Da Goat ... I like your comment :). Yes you see how to get away with it ;)

This law is far from coherent.
11:18 January 5, 2011 by bob3000

If only he would stick to facts or even include some and not a series of opinions.

@Kevin Harris

Re-reading your previous posts - I now realise I missed your perspective.

From your view of women "crackpot feminists", your confusion between sex and romance and the obviously over restrictive laws governing you exercising your sexual needs in Sweden. I see you were more than hinting that you need to go abroad to fulfil your needs - overwise your friends and family might think you are a deviant - but you are no deviant, it is natural - it is the law that is wrong.

You need find your "sperm-soaked mattresses" abroad.

Given the pretty open-minded-ness of Sweden - it is difficult to even imagine what you needs must be - I would say there are better forums than thelocal to explore that.

13:15 January 5, 2011 by qed16
Isn't it more feminist to allow a woman to do whatever she wants with her body without legislators intervening?

Not that prostitution is something to promote, but the abortion argument is that it's wrong for the government to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her own body.

Shouldn't that apply to prostitution as well, even if it's not a "good" decision per se?
13:58 January 5, 2011 by Nilspet

Since we are open and fully democratic we will have to accept that the world can also criticize us, not only that we can criticize them (by presenting facts and even raising their opinions---whatever they may be). In democracy we accept different opinions but the law is the law of course. Complaining does not change the law but it can send signal to legislators through some channels. Expressing opinions is perfectly legal in Sweden even if you they may not sound nice to you. Lots of us in Sweden have criticized US, Russia for wars they rage, China for its human-rights records, India & Brazil for environmental crimes, etc etc. So what is the problem if the world criticize us for our ridiculous feminist-inclined sex law. I think we should try to learn from the rest of the world about how they deal with prostitutions, sex crimes and NOT to think that we have the best solution in place. We have been praising ourselves for too long when the facts are that we are far from best. I do not think that our sex law prevents prostitution, rapes or any other sex abuses at all. That is why many view it as being a mess.

People get prosecuted in some countries for protesting on the streets and we condemn those countries because according to our laws people can march on the street (but clearly they get prosecuted by the law in their countries and we call for abolishment of such the inhumane law). Now looking back at ourselves: this businessman would not have been prosecuted in so many countries by having sex with a porn star and enriching her with 7000 kr or so. Maybe that was a better rate (per hour) that she gets in ordinary porn fims. He did not even rape her with a pinky finger, rather it was what they agreed to do consensually (as far as I understand from the news). Ok having sex and enriching your casual partner in that way is "illegal according to our sex law" but not the sex law in many countries and regions. So let's face it: we can be criticized just like we criticize others. Since 1993 I have been working in international environments so I have learned to accept opinions not only from within the border but also from outside.

To summarize, I insist that incoherent, unfair and bad laws (anywhere on the planet) should be amended if not abolished at once. This forum has been about the law that should definitely be abolished.
20:10 January 5, 2011 by wxman
It's against the law to pay a porn star for sex? What are you supposed to do, rape them?
08:10 January 6, 2011 by Mr. Puppy
This law is nothing more than a sex-purchase tax. They should change the name of the law to reflect that fact.
10:52 January 6, 2011 by MAKE MY DAY
@12:10 January 4, 2011 by Kevin Harris......You said - If you are a visitor to Sweden, the best policy is to abstain from sex, or any other form of intimate contact, until you get home. What happened to Sweden...They used to be very open minded about sex in general!!!

Julian Assange should have been made aware of Sweden's perculiar sex laws....Then he would NOT have these present day problems - Which I think the USA is behind anyway...They want to get their hands on him for ALL the embarrassment he has caused them!!!
17:21 January 6, 2011 by Icarusty
The law is good, if Sweden (and in a wider sense, Europe) wants to stop what is happening in places like Thailand the the Far East - seeing women as commodities to be bought and abused.
17:43 January 6, 2011 by 6161
Worthless article is worthless without photos.

Please try again.
20:49 January 6, 2011 by Nilspet
@ Icarusty

You probably do not understand the full content of the law. It is not a solution to anything. If you want to ban any kind of sex trade you have to ban it totally! In what sense is this law good? In Sweden it is perfectly OK to pay a pornstar to be "taken" very hard by 5 guys/girls for the sake of making porn films. Are you saying that girls/guys in porn films not commodities? Porn stars are treated as sex commodities because they have to have sex in front of cameras to make a living. You are wrong about Thailand and Far East. Since I know Thailand very well, I can tell you that Thai people do NOT see women as commodities. It is only a very tiny minority of (mostly) western men that think that way. It is unfortunate of course that there are many prostitutes there but Thai women in general have high status in the society, and they may have a female prime minister before we have one in Sweden. Note also that many countries in the East (google it!) have (had) female leaders...so your view that in the Far East they see women as commodities is clearly wrong.

I can give you examples of countries whose leaders are female where prositution is legal. Australia, Finland, Germany, Argentina, India, ...

So you should not mix the ideology with reality. We need a better sex law, ... simple as that.
08:43 January 7, 2011 by Rebel
You know, let's just create a Brave New World sort of society but take it a step further -- ban sex and marriage completely. Women can continue to have children through government run sperm banks that will screen all donors for intellect, athletic abilities as well as conformity to the ideals of Swedish society. As for sex drives we can place social change agents in the dagis program through grade 3 in gymnasium to show that all sex is a manifestation of a rape ideal promoted through a patriarchal system (some feminists even promote the idea that lesbian monogamy is sustaining of the patriarchy as well). So no sex at all. A tax on alcohol and pornography will help fund this new program.
16:00 January 7, 2011 by reader in USA
I thought Sweeden was a progressive country. That means everything is legal and subject to taxing. Doesn't that sound good?

Tax sex and give the tax money to educate illegal aleins.
17:25 January 7, 2011 by bob3000

I think you are mistake in your list. Even checking wiki for reference...it seems to contradict you.
20:03 January 7, 2011 by Nilspet
@ bob3000

I actually did not look up Wiki rather I was writing based on official information from business people who operate in those countries. I know there are many more countries that have legalized prostitutions of different kinds. I cannot remember them by heart (and many of those countries have female leaders, and this said feminism is not the key for women to be successful or protected. It is fair and coherent laws that nurture the society, not feminist laws). Finland allows payment for sex (e.g. the case that became news that we are discussing would have been perfectly legal in our neighboring country) whereas in Germany, Holland, Austria, Swtizerland, Greece, etc etc the whole business is regulated. You can easily check on your Wiki to find out which countries do allow prostitutions, etc.

Let me remind: someone above made a nonsense statement that countries in the far East see women as commodities and that is why there are prostitutes there. That viewpoint is only from people who do not know reality (she/he is probably still in the process of learning in school).

Note that I have never said that I am for prostitutions. I am against abuses, trafficking as such. But I am for a coherent law on sex trade or whatever you want to call it. The law we have allows 30 guys to be paid to have sex with 1 woman (who also gets paid) in front of cameras for the sake of making a porn film or photography (well it'd better be consensual otherwise the porn actor/actress would have nightmares for years). Whether you market the film or just keep it on the shelf is your business. Another scary example for you to visualize what is legal: it is OK to hire a man who is 150 kg (with super big muscles) to have hard sex with an 18-y-o girl who is 45 kg for the sake of making porn films for lots of viewers (who may be neighbors of the girl). They girl could easily get hurt because of the weight difference but it is perfectly legal because it is a part of her job descriptions (if she agreed to do) and she is 18 years old---an adult. This is nothing but prostitution of some form (sex in exchange of money) but it is legal. But when average people consensually agree to have sex in exchange of money, it is illegal for those who pay the money not those that offer the sex even though it is totally harmless to both sides. This nonsense law actually allows women/men to be prostitutes standing at dark corners looking for customers but most likely they will not get one because customers risk being punished. If you want to ban prostitutions you have ban even such the act. If they get one it is most likely foreigners who do not know Swedish laws.

Come on....you must be able to see inconsistencies (and that is why most of the world do not have such an odd law). So I exercise my freedom of speech to call this law "ill-defined", and I do call for amendment or abolishment.
11:31 January 9, 2011 by bob3000

It would be critical to see statistically, who is buying and selling sell - by gender;

female prostitute -> male client

female prostitute -> female client

male prostitute -> male client

female prostitute -> female client

As was seen in a recent case (here in Sweden), the law was upheld with regard to private consensual sex, even if abusive - sado-masochistic.

The law upholds personal rights.

The key issue here seems MONEY/PAYMENT FOR THE SEX ACT.
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