The Nordic Model of laws to to ending sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation continues to gain ground in Europe!
On 6 April 2016, the French National Assembly historically and overwhelmingly passed the ‘Nordic Model’ ( or Equality Model) into law - an approach that promotes human rights and gender equality. Moving forward, people in prostitution will no longer be treated as criminals and will have access to support services, while those who buy or facilitate the purchase sex will face criminal charges.
The approach has proven effective in curbing sex trafficking since it targets the demand that fuels commercial sexual exploitation. Previous approaches, which criminalized people in prostitution but allowed buying sex, punished those who face disproportionate violence and exploitation in the sex trade - an industry where mainly brothel-keepers, traffickers, pimps and those who buy sex benefit.
The passage also places France in compliance with international and European law on the issue, which obligates countries to address demand. Equality Now congratulates partners CAP International, Mouvement Du Nid and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and the coalition of over 60 French organizations that make up Abolition2012, for their years of tireless work to get this law.