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State secretary, Vidar Brein-Karlsen, receives the report from Ingeborg Rasmussen, Vista Analyse. Photo: JD

Evaluation of Norwegian legislation criminalising the buying of sexual services

Last updated: 12.08.2014 // In 2009 Norway criminalised the buying of sex. An evaluation of the legislation find that the criminalisation has led to a reduced demand for the buying of sex in Norway and a reduction in the extent of prostitution.

Important intentions with the new legislation was to prevent and reduce human trafficking and to reduce sexual exploitation of men and women in prostitution. An independent evaluation of the legislation was presented to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security on 11th August 2014. The main finding in the evaluation is that the criminalisation has led to  a reduced demand for the buying of sex in Norway and a reduction in the extent of prostitution. 

State Secretary Vidar Brein-Karlsen received the evaluation report on behalf of the Ministry.

“This report will be one of several central sources of knowledge on prostitution in Norway. We will now start the work on a white paper to the Parliament  that will look into all challenges related to prostitution. We want a thorough and principled debate on the issue,” Mr. Brein-Karlsen said.

A summary of the evaluation is available in English here.


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