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Young People, Vulnerabilities and Prostitution/Sex for Compensation in the Nordic Countries

A Study of Knowledge, Social Initiatives and Legal Measures

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What do we know about the extent of young people’s experiences of sex for compensation in the Nordic countries? Are such experiences addressed by social initiatives and how do legal measures affect them? This report is based on country studies focusing on knowledge about sex for compensation among young people in the Nordic countries. The five country studies show how research on the extent of, and the motivations and conditions for, young people selling sex in the Nordic countries is rather scarce and that there are few social initiatives that target young people specifically. The interviews with service providers and the literature reviewed point to individual vulnerabilities related to young people’s experiences of compensational sex. In order to develop preventive measures more knowledge on structural factors related to experiences of compensational sex is needed.

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Finland: Young people, sex for compensation and vulnerability

In order to respond to the research task set for this report, i.e. to map the current knowledge on young people’s experiences of compensational sex, social initiatives targeting young people involved in commercial sex and related legal measures in the Nordic countries, this chapter explores these themes in Finland. In other words, this chapter focuses on the knowledge available, social initiatives and legal measures related to compensational sex and young people in the Finnish national context. With regard to this context, the research findings in the report entitled Prostitution in the Nordic Countries from 2008 showed that research-based knowledge about commercial sex is relatively scarce (Marttila 2008a). Mapping the knowledge resources available on young people engaged in compensational sex and their vulnerability resulted in similar findings. In Finland, young people engaged in compensational sex is acknowledged to some extent but is a topic that is relatively rarely discussed.

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