Although Sweden and Denmark have seemingly opposite prostitution laws - the former strictly outlawing the purchase of sex and the latter legalizing the industry - these countries have one thing in common: both are destination points for victims of human trafficking forced into prostitution.
While Sweden’s prostitution laws have obtained encouraging results, greatly reducing the amount of street prostitution, young women like “Laura,” are still being sold into sexual slavery, often by the people they trust most. As documented in Atika Shubert’s reports, Laura was sold by her "boyfriend" when she was only 17 years old.
So how can you help?
Groups like World Childhood Foundation, founded by Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Hope Now of Denmark, are working to end sexual trafficking and to rehabilitate victims like Laura. You can find out more about their work, as well as ways you can help by visiting their sites.