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Sex trafficking exists because we humans are willing to buy sex and thus take control over another human being, in an extremely vulnerable situation. Sex trade continues to increase and internet creates a virtual "red light" district for exploitation.
During the past 8 years the number of ads offering sexual services have increased substantially, from 300 to approximately 7000 in Sweden. Criminalisation of the purchase of sex is a first step to decrease demand and Sweden is model for other counties.
However we need more measures to tackle sextrade and the escalation of sexual abuse and exploitation. Around 27% of Swedish youth states that they have been contacted by people with sexual purposes online against their will. Alarmingly the initial contact online sometimes escalates into sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
At RealStars we work tirelessly on a broad front to fight sexual exploitation. We call for criminalisation of the purchase of sex and a clearer step For Fair Sex. We believe sex should take place on equal terms, with no coercion or violence, and that this should apply in every situation and to every person in the world.
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Fair Sex is sex on equal terms. No one should be a slave, forced to satisfy another person’s sexual needs. Countries with laws against sex trade have taken a position for Fair Sex. Currently, only three European countries do this: Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
The new EU directive on trafficking in human beings, which was passed in March 2011, missed the opportunity to make it illegal to buy sex from a trafficked person. The criminalisation is crucial for putting an end to sex trafficking, since it would reduce the demand that fosters trafficking, make it less profitable and more risky. As long as the sex buyer has no liability, it’s business as usual for the human traffickers.
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is the chance of an European involved in trafficking being convicted and only 1-2% of sex trafficking victims are rescued. Statistics show that trafficked sex slaves are by far the most lucrative slaves in the world.
of all sex trafficking victims are under 18 years old. And the number of teenaged victims rises. For example, the numbers of girls under 18 used for prostitution in Amsterdam increased from 4,000 to 15,000 in 2011. In Switzerland it is still legal to buy sex from someone under 18.
is the number of women who comes to Europe as victims of trafficking each year (as estimated by ILO). The total amount of sex trafficking victims has increased during recent years.
wanted to escape prostitution but had no other options but to continue.
- 85 % of all prostitutes have had a history of sexual abuse in their childhood.
- 92% have been raped in prostitution.
- 84% have been physically assaulted.