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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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Denmark: Young people engaged in transactional sex – taking stock of current knowledge and social initiatives in the field

The history of policy on prostitution in Denmark provides a contrast to similar histories in the other Scandinavian countries. Sweden (1999), Norway (2009) and Iceland (2009) have criminalized the purchase of sexual services, while in Denmark only the purchase of sexual services from minors (under 18) is punishable by law.

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