Venstre to Press the Government on the Sex Purchase Law

Photo : Indi Samarajiva. Prostitution is shown as an important factor that leads to human trafficking.

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The ban on the purchase of sex has been introduced in 2009 by the former coalition government. Neither Conservatives (Høyre), FRP or Venstre supported the introduction of the law, but these parties now have a majority in the Parliament. 

Government has commissioned the company Vista Analyse AS to evaluate the law. The evaluation will form the basis for a white paper. Liberals are however concerned that the evaluation ends up in a drawer. 

– I hope the government dares to propose to repeal the ban. This is a very important issue for us, says Liberal representative Sveinung Rotevatn to Aftenposten. If we see that there is a need to push the government to act, we will use our position in the Parliament and submit our own proposals, says Rotevatn. Conservative parliamentary leader Trond Helleland also thinks there are reasons to repeal the law. 

– Immediately after the law was introduced, street prostitution went down, but now it looks as if it has picked up again. This shows that the law has not had the desired effect, says Helleland.  

On the other hand, Christian Democrats (KrF) opposes to repeal the ban on buying sex and further proposes to strict the law by prohibiting both buying and selling sex, writes Dagbladet.

Prostitution in Norway is illegal in that paying for sex is a crime (the client commits a crime by purchasing sex. The Norwegian law prohibiting the buying of sexual services (sexkjøpsloven) came into effect on January 1, 2009, following the passing of new legislation by the Norwegian parliament (Storting) in November 2008.

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