• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

More men in Sweden sell sex than women: study

13 Nov 2012, 07:31

Published: 13 Nov 2012 07:31 GMT+01:00

According to the study, 2.1 percent of Swedish males aged 16 to 25 said they had prostituted themselves in 2012, compared to 0.8 percent of women.

While young women almost exclusively sold sex to men, young Swedish men sold sex to both men and women.

"Behind these figures, there are about 20,000 people who need help," said Marie Nyman, a spokeswoman for the board.

"We have a hard time understanding why guys outnumber girls," she said.

The study also found a strong connection between paying for sex and sexual violence, with 78 percent of those who reported having sold sex said they has also been sexually assaulted.

A representative for the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning – RFSU) told the news agency TT that it could be speculated that young gay men "have an easier time accepting their sexuality if they do it in exchange for something, like a few beers or a recharge of their phone card."

The study found that 21.9 percent of youths aged 16 to 25 "think it is acceptable that others have sexual relations in exchange for compensation," adding that young men are in general more tolerant than young women.

Half of the clients of male and female prostitutes under the age of 26 were also under the age of 26, Nyman said.

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.

The new report also uncovered that fewer young people are publishing "sexy" images and film clips online compared to 2009.

Back then, 7.8 percent reported having posted sexually-themed images on the internet, compared to 4.7 percent today.

Story continues below…

The study was based on responses from the 2,254 Swedes questioned in the survey.

A 2006 study published in a US medical journal specialized in sexually transmitted diseases, entitled "Estimates of the Number of Female Sex Workers in Different Regions of the World", showed that Sweden had one of the lowest rates of female prostitution in the world, at just 0.1 percent.

AFP/The Local

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

08:05 November 13, 2012 by Kevin Harris
So, there were 20 000 male prostitutes under age 25 active in Sweden in 2012. If you add those over 25, let's say another 25 000, we have a rough figure of 45 000 male prostitutes operating in Sweden.

The Swedish population is mostly clustered around the three large cities, so it seems fair to say Stockholm has about 15 000 male prostitutes, and Malmö and Göteborg about 10 000 male prostitutes each.

Thank you the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education for publishing this valuable and clearly accurate information.
09:39 November 13, 2012 by prince T
I am not suprised at this research. men should be called women or vice versa in sweden. most people we call men in sweden are boys or women. anna anka was right about them. how can male prostitute be more than female. it can only happen in sweden.

may be their wives send them out to do something productive with their penis since they are irresponsible at hom.
09:41 November 13, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Find that hard to believe...Google "Stockholm escorts" & see how many hits you get, that there should be more males man-whoring.....sorry I just don`t believe that. This was the same paper that said there were 90 brothels in Stockholm operated with Thai women...I mean honestly 90 !! OK 9 maybe but not 90 !
09:42 November 13, 2012 by prince T
this can only happen in sweden. how can male prostitute outnumber the females. maybe their wives send them out to do something productive with their dick since they are useless at home.

I still propose that men should be called women and vice versa in sweden. women uphold the homes in sweden
11:53 November 13, 2012 by Emerentia
@ prince T. People in the age group 16 to 25 don't usually have wifes in Sweden. Especially not they gay guys.
15:12 November 13, 2012 by Svensksmith
Sell it? I have a hard time giving it away.
15:43 November 14, 2012 by sometimesinsweden
also says that 80% of those Swedish fellas are gay or at least offering gay services.

Surely the feminists demanding equality should be enforcing quotas to get more women back in the business.
15:50 November 19, 2012 by mcarroll1
Swedish Ostrich Syndrome, or SOS. Sweden outlawed the purchasing of sex not the selling of it so... problem solved, no more prostitution in Sweden. The lowest incidence in Europe. Wake up Sweden, the whole place is crawling with prostitutes of male and female persuasion openly selling sex from Ostermalm's finest haunts to every den of iniquity in Sodermalm (only joking Sodermalm - you dont have to pay for it there).
16:27 December 12, 2012 by creamy
Competing with the Dutch.
18:37 December 13, 2012 by trumanshow
I just can't see how Swedes organize these activities. Do they leave coded notes in the tvattstuga? Swedes, if anything, are very discrete.
Today's headlines
Coeliac disease not caused by early weaning: Swedish study
Carin Andrén Aronsson now plans to investigate why Sweden has such high levels of coeliac disease. Photo: Polarbrod

Mothers who stop breastfeeding early are not to blame for their children developing gluten intolerance, a new Swedish study has found.

Zlatan look-a-like storms pitch as Man U take on champions
A grinning Zlatan pushed the man away with the palm of his hand. Photo: YouTube

Zlatan fever has hit the UK, with a look-a-like storming the pitch on Saturday only to be palmed off by the grinning Swedish football star.

Russian Sweden Democrat aide resigns over suspect deal
'Egor Putilov' had access to all areas of the Swedish parliament: Photo: Riksdag

A Russian-born political secretary for the Sweden Democrats has resigned after making six million kronor ($0.7m) in a property deal with a St Petersburg businessman.

Trump an 'embarrassment' Springsteen tells Sweden
Bruce Springsteen tells SVT talk show host that Trump is an 'embarrassment' to the US. Photo: SVT/Youtube

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has described Donald Trump as an embarrassment to the United States, in an interview on Sweden's Skavlan talk show.

'World class' developer told to leave Sweden over admin slip
Software developer Tayyab Shabab. Photo: Private

Tayyab Shabab has a house, a job and pays tax in Sweden, but he has now been told he must leave within three weeks.

Police release men held over bomb threat on refugee home
Police officers outside the building. Photo: Robert Nyholm/TT

UPDATED: Two men arrested after a bomb threat was made against a home for refugees in Boden, northern Sweden, have been allowed to leave custody.

Embassy: No-go zones 'do not exist in Sweden'
Police on the Serbian-Hungarian border. Photo: Sofia Eriksson/TT

Sweden's embassy in Budapest has sharply rebuked Hungary after an official leaflet claimed that Stockholm and other European cities had become "no-go areas".

The Local List
Ten reasons why it's awesome being knocked up in Sweden
Being pregnant in Sweden can be pretty great. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

US writer Lisa Ferland shares her top reasons why she thinks Sweden is wonderful for expecting mums.

The Local Recipe
Welcome in the autumn with this Swedish tiger cake
Tiger cake and coffee, the perfect combination. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food

Fika: the best part of the day. Make this tiger cake and you'll keep everyone very happy.

Four arrested over Gothenburg riots
File photo of a Swedish police officer. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Four people have been arrested in connection with riots in a Gothenburg suburb this week.

Sponsored Article
Let's Talk: a personal Swedish language tutor in your pocket
National
Muslim teacher leaves job after not shaking male colleague's hand
Sponsored Article
‘I view the world in a different way now’
Travel
Why we adore autumn in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 21st
Blog updates

7 September

Svensk or svenska? (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hejsan! My inbox is full of questions :-). Here’s one about when to use “svensk” and…" READ »

 

23 August

A Summer in Sweden (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"For our first year here in Sweden we decided to have all our holidays in Sweden.…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
'Creating a sense of home': Collective living in Stockholm
National
Stockholmers hunt killer badger after attack on neighbourhood hipster cat
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
The Local Voices
Why this Russian developer is committed to helping refugees - with tech
National
Six key points in Sweden's budget plan
The Local Voices
How a Swedish name finally made recruiters notice this Iranian's CV
Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: 'So much more than beaches'
Gallery
Property of the week: Luleå
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Gallery
People-watching: September 16th-18th
Culture
Why Swedish TV has given these kids' trucks a sex swap
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
National
TIMELINE: Everything you need to know about the Julian Assange case
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Gallery
People-watching: September 14th
Politics
Why Sweden is putting troops on holiday dream island Gotland
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
The Local Voices
'What I mean when I say: I came here to blow myself up'
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Society
VIDEO: Are Swedes that unfriendly?
Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden’s ’a-kassa’
Features
INTERVIEW: How Arthur the jungle dog opened hearts and minds
Gallery
Property of the week: Smögen, Västra Götaland
Society
Sweden's ancient forest tongue Elfdalian fights for survival
National
Where Sweden's foreigners are from
Gallery
People-watching: September 9th-11th
The Local Voices
Shakib, 23, works and pays taxes — but will Sweden let him stay?
National
Watch this Swede roll his kayak without spilling his beer. Respect.
Gallery
People-watching: September 7th
The Local Voices
'Swedes are polarized on refugees - it's the welcome mat or the exit door'
National
WATCH: Yes, this Swedish rising star really is Abba legend's grandson
The Local Voices
'Whenever I apply for jobs I’m treated like an unwanted stranger'
The Local Voices
Is Swedish bosses' ignorance keeping refugees out of jobs?
2,966
jobs available