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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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Summary

In 2007, the Nordic Council of Ministers initiated the research project Prostitution i Norden (Prostitution in the Nordic countries) with an aim to map and contextualise welfare services, criminal law and knowledge production on prostitution (Holmström and Skilbrei 2008). Young people, vulnerabilities and prostitution/sex for compensation in the Nordic countries is a follow-up study, funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, focusing on knowledge about young people’s experiences of sex for compensation in the Nordic countries. The aim of the project has been to collect, analyse and problematise knowledge about young people who have experiences of sex for compensation in the Nordic countries. The project has been guided by the following objectives: (1) present existing knowledge about such experiences in each country, but also to critically discuss the various methods used in knowledge production within the field. (2) describe and analyse how the needs of young people selling sex are addressed by social initiatives in each Nordic country, and (3) describe and analyse legal measures relevant for young people selling sex in the Nordic countries.

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