Posts Categorized: Prostitution

Prostitution and trafficking exploit the weak and vulnerable

Paying in order to carry out abuse and sexual violence is part the form of exploitation that is prostitution. ”Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution”. These are the words of the perceptive 19th century author Victor Hugo. November 12 saw the gathering of several anti-trafficking organisations… Read more »

Mapping the Swedish Internet sex market: Part 1

Realstars has conducted a survey of the Swedish Internet sex market. It is a cynical market where bodies are treated like commodities. This survey is presented in a series of articles. Part 1 is presented below. What is the extent of the Swedish Internet sex market? According to information from the Police, between 200 and… Read more »

Sweden does not protect children who are abused by prostitution

The Swedish series of documentaries called Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts) aired a program on November 4 in which they examined the prostitution of children in Sweden. The Swedish model and the legislation that bans the purchase of sexual services has been a role model for many countries. However, in the program many deficiencies where identified… Read more »

Rachel Moran – Paid For

Paid For – My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran Gill & Macmillan , Dublin, 2013 Book review by Robert Schenck 140923 Like all excellent books, Paid For can be read from many points of view. The book is a personal, political and feminist manifesto and, at the same time, a stylistic account of a… Read more »

“The Swedish Model” as a law proposal in Canada

The prostitution laws of Canada are being looked over, and the new law proposal from June 1st this year is partly inspired of the Swedish sex trade law. Focus will now be put on pimps – “they who treat sexual services as merchandise”. The proposal has met resistance, though, and the argument is that it… Read more »

Same fight, different opponents in Mexico, Australia and Sweden

Real Stars publishes this thoughtful text, that provides insight into the struggle against prostitution, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman, debater and author of the book “Being and Goods.” She has met Lydia Cacho from Mexico, who is constantly subjected to death threats for exposing the abuse of women and children. Both met in Australia. Debating prostitution… Read more »

Perspectives on purchasing sex – A study based on five young men’s descriptions of their own experiences

RealStars participated in the Nordic Forum that was held in Malmo on 12-15 June 2014. At the Nordic Forum, sociology students Bianca Hallas and Love Rosendal presented a paper entitled ‘Perspectives on Purchasing Sex’ that is based on five interviews with young sex purchasers. Two main themes emerged from the young men’s descriptions: ‘The Advantages… Read more »

Norway’s Sex Trade Law evaluated

Four years after passing a Sex Trade Law, Norway has begun evaluating its efficacy. The results are striking and positive and appear to indicate a significant reduction in the demand for prostitutes. The Norwegian legislation against buying sex went active January 1 of 2009 – the reason being that the then current Norwegian Government wanted… Read more »

Hotel Flora is the first Fair Sex-hotel

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The family owned Hotel Flora is located at Grönsakstorget in Gothenburg. The hotel becomes the first in the country with the clear slogan: ”This is a Fair Sex hotel”. The Fair Sex slogan is produced by RealStars and is an indicator of the fact that this hotel actively works against sex trade and trafficking. The… Read more »

German Ship Brothel in Almedalen

During this week, RealStars is on location at Almedalen, protesting the German ship brothel Lust Yacht in order to encourage more people to take action for an enforced legislation against sex trade. Lust Yacht is a German ship brothel advertising that the best party in Almedalen is found beyond Swedish borders. All over Almedalen we’ve… Read more »