Agree or Disagree: Sweden’s Prostitution Solution would work in Canada

This article has been going around Facebook a little bit.

There are some people that have been very impressed by how Sweden has dealt with prostitution.  As an example, within the last five years Stockholm, the number of women in prostitution  have been reduced by two thirds.  And the number of johns has been reduced by 80%.


Well according to this article, two things.

1)  Criminalizes the buying of sex.

2) Decriminalizes  the selling of sex.

As well as something in their law which says this; This according to the article.

“In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”

I’m going to let you read the article, which outlines what has happened quite comprehensively why this works. Then, I will ask you this question.

Can this concept work here in Canada? Or, is this too simplistic of an idea for a complex problem?

Agree or Disagree: Prostitution shield be legalized everywhere.

Over the years, there has been  a shift in our society’s outward acceptance or prostitution. I say outward, because the law hasn’t prevented or stopped people from using the services. The recognition of this, has called for some to legalize it. And in some cases it is. For example in Canada, it is legal to exchange sex for money. However you cannot profit from prostitution. So if you encourage someone to go to a bawdy house, that is illegal.



This chart is interesting. It shows which countries where it is legal and where it isn’t. If you drop over the country, you can see where prostitution is legal and where it isn’t.


Now opponents of legalizing prostitution would argue that this is demeaning to woman. It has lead to many other social issues and economic issues including drug addiction, and abuse. Here is a link from a group called Prostitution Research and Education on 10 reasons why it should not be legal.


I’m sure some of you will say that there some valid arguments either way. Some would argue no.

 However, perhaps the biggest question is what does our view of prostitution say about where we are as a culture? And should or can it change?