Posts Categorized: Gästbloggare

How I got here

Hello everybody! My name is Eric Cagenius and I recently became a volunteer here at RealStars. I thought I would tell you guys how I got in touch with RealStars, and what got me to want to be engaged.   I could start off by mentioning a lot of overwhelming numbers and statistics. But what… Read more »

Behind the Iron Curtain

The guest blogger of today is Ernst Adamsson Borg, a 22-year-old student attending the Europe Programme at Södertörn University in Sweden. He has an extensive interest in social issues, global as well as local. He frequently visits Germany, during his visits to the country he has seen the European prostitution and trafficking industry, which is… Read more »

Prayers for the Stolen – a captivating and poetic story

Realstar’s guest blogger Robert Schenck has reviewed the book A prayer for the stolen (2015) about young women in Mexico who live under constant threat of violence, and to be forced into the terrible sex trade. ”Do read this well-written and educative novel but brace yourself for some painful reading.”  Schenck writes. Prayers for the Stolen is not only… Read more »

The concepts of stereotypes, coercion and forced marriages in public education

One of our guest bloggers, Elin Weiss, describes a class at a high school which, without critique, explored gender stereotypes. Questions that reflect the perspective on sexuality and gender, and consequently our human rights. Analytically During a discussion with one of my colleagues, at the high school where I work, we talked about the schools… Read more »

The Swedish courts fail in domestic human trafficking

Caroline Engvall is a journalist and author. She has written the books ”14 år till Salu”, ”Skamfläck” and most recently ”Skuggbarn”, all of which are about young Swedes who sell sex to regular Swedish men. Caroline has written a guest post here on Realstars’ blog, and just like the title states; it’s about the problem… Read more »

My thoughts about RealStars event at Bio Roy, May 23rd

Last month I was invited to the RealStars event: Trafficking in the Real World and in Popular Culture. I was asked to talk about mine and Katarina Gregersdotter’s book: Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond, in which eleven researchers analyze rape and sexual violence in crime thrillers. During the evening, the audience listened… Read more »

Should the Sex Purchase Act be decriminalised? Part 1

In 1999, Sweden was the first country to introduce a sex purchasing law that made it illegal to buy sexual services, but not to sell them. Other countries, such as Iceland and Norway have followed Sweden’s approach. The United Kingdom also has similar legislation. Even though prostitution is legal, the buyer can be charged if… Read more »

2012: A year of rape

A year has passed and a lot has happened. Many good things but also many bad things. Previously, about 5000 rapes are reported every year in Sweden. That’s more than in our neighboring countries. This is good and bad, of course terrible that so many people are victims of sexual assaults, but the fact that… Read more »