March 31st, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Sweden: Why we criminalized purchase of sexual services

By Beatrice Ask, Special for CNN

Editor's Note: Beatrice Ask is Sweden's Minister for Justice and Home Affairs.

Stockholm, Sweden - In 1999 Sweden became the first country in the world to criminalize the purchase, but not the sale, of sexual services. Over the years the interest from abroad about our legislation has grown, mainly because we can see a clear link between prostitution and human trafficking.

Beatrice Ask

Sweden has had a steady stream of visitors coming to study the Swedish example and the effects we have seen from it. We have welcomed parliamentarians and other politicians, experts and scholars and representatives from interest groups. Norway and Iceland, for example, now have their own criminalization of the purchase of sexual services. I am pleased that more countries are considering following the Swedish example. FULL POST