Posts Categorized: Prostitution

Thailandssvenskarna – a book about males who purchase sex in Thailand

RealStars guest blogger Robert Schenk reviews a reportage book regarding the Swedish men who travel to Thailand to purchase sex – What are they thinking? And why do some of them move there? In Thailandssvenskarna (which means the Swedes in Thailand in English), the investigative journalist Joakim Medin brings the reader inside the Thai sex… Read more »

Opponents to the Sex Purchase Act write book that impedes our work

RealStars works actively against trafficking, both nationally and internationally. We advocate for reducing the demand and letting the sex purchaser take responsibility for their actions, which in international context is called “the Nordic model”. Prostitution leads to increased trafficking. If the buyer is criminalized, the demand will be reduced, which is an effective way to… Read more »

New study on the listed companies´ work against exploitation

Human trafficking is a global challenge and an urgent human rights issue, which is not getting enough attention at the moment. Companies in different branches can have a decisive effect here by cutting off access to products that are used by the sex industry. Companies don´t want to be associated with the sex industry either…. Read more »

Prominent British feminist shatters myths about prostitution and advocates the Sex Purchase Act

Our guest blogger Robert Schenck has read the book Pimp State and written a book review that highlights the importance of the sex purchase Act. In an easy-to-read format, the author Kat Banyard explains why the legalization of sex purchases is so problematic and how laws that allow prostitution are normative and characterize society’s view… Read more »

English book argues for the ”Nordic model”

Realstars’ guest blogger Robert Schenck regularly contributes with reviews of movies, books and other things that deals with trafficking, prostitution and sex purchasing. This time, Robert Schenck has taken on the book The Sex Economy, which brings up different perspectives on prostitution and decades of research and debates. One strength of the book is how… Read more »

Good start for the implementation of the French Sex Purchase Act is creating opposition

As the fifth country in the world, France voted in a Sex Purchase Act in accordance with the Swedish model almost three years ago. Within the abolitionist movement, we cheered, since that meant taking a big step forward in the fight against sex-trafficking and prostitution. However, the norm-breaking law faces criticism also in France. The… Read more »

Women who survived prostitution share their stories

RealStars guestblogger Robert Schenck reviews the bok Prostitution Narratives, stories of the survival in the sex trade, where the reader gets to share in the valuable stories and experiences of the survivors of prostitution Author: Caroline Norma and Melinda Tankard Reist, editors Publisher: Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, Australia, 2016 Book review by Robert Schenck “…there… Read more »

The behaviours of Swedish purchasers of commercial sex acts outlined

Approximately 80 % of the commercial sex acts by Swedish men occurs in foreign countries. An undercover-report from the network Schyst Resande which include RealStars has revealed the behaviours and attitudes of the purchasers of commercial sex acts. The report also states how ordinary tourism is a contributing factor in normalisation of the commercial sex… Read more »

No, legalising the sex purchase industry is not best for people in prostitution

A global debate that most people have heard of is that of the legislation concerning the sex purchase industry and prostitution. Different countries have different legislations and on all sides there are debaters who are sure about being right. In Sweden we have, as most people are aware of, a legislation that criminalises the purchase,… Read more »

RealStars demands greater focus on sex-buyers in the EU´s work against trafficking.

RealStars is part of the EU’s platform for the civil community against human trafficking, where organisations from member states contribute and share their experiences and ideas. Last week we met in Brussels in order to plan more actions. RealStars attended and emphasised the sex buyers’ responsibility and the importance of working against demand in order… Read more »