• Norway edition
 
Rip up prostitution law, says top Oslo politician
Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix (File)

Rip up prostitution law, says top Oslo politician

Published: 22 Jun 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Jun 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00

Anniken Hauglie (Conservative Party) called for the law to be scrapped after the city’s official help centre for prostitutes, Pro Sentret, released a report on Friday detailing deteriorating conditions for sex workers in the capital.

”The reality is that the law has made it more difficult for women in prostitution,” Hauglie said.

”It’s our political responsibility to take this feedback seriously. In my view, the sex buyer ban should be repealed, and I think the parliament should at least evaluate the effects of the law.”

The 2009 prostitution law prohibits the purchase but not the sale of sexual services, with legislators seeking to stymie the trade by targeting demand.

But the Pro Sentret report indicates that the law has in fact made prostitutes much more susceptible to violence at the hands of their clients as the sex trade moves further underground.

What’s more, prostitutes have become less inclined to seek help since the law came into force, with many now perceiving that they too are viewed as criminals, the report says.

Many of the women also said the new law had scared off many of their more reliable customers, while troublesome and violent clients were relatively undeterred.

According to the study, titled Farlige Forbindelser (Dangerous Liaisons), 59 percent of prostitutes in Oslo have fallen victim to some form of violence in the last three years.

”Violence against women in prostitution is brutal and frequent,” said Ulla Bjørndahl at Pro Sentret.

”Often the violence is extreme. Eleven people have faced death threats, many have been threatened with weapons, or have been exposed to robbery, rape, or were threatened into participating in non-consensual sex,” Bjørndahl told newspaper Dagbladet.

Anniken Hauglie said she was appalled by the report’s findings.

”It’s heartbreaking to see the violence they are subjected too, only to then learn that many of them don’t report (the crimes). That means the aggressors walk away and are free to endanger others.”

The report is based on interviews carried out from January to March this year with 123 prostitutes working on the streets, out of apartments, and in massage parlours offering sexual services.   

In a similar study from 2008, 52 percent of prostitutes said they had been the victims of violence.

The prostitutes who participated in this year’s study came from 16 different countries. Fifty were from Thailand, 24 from Nigeria, and 21 from Norway.

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Car crashes into Oslo shopping mall
A car lost control and rammed into Kiellands Hus shopping centre in Oslo. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix.

Car crashes into Oslo shopping mall

A driver was lucky to be alive after crashing his car into a shopping centre entrance in Oslo on Tuesday. READ  

Norway's first drunk on a Segway charged

Norway's first drunk on a Segway charged

The Norwegian government lifted its ban on Segways in July, but it was only a matter of time before police caught their first drunk driver on a two-wheel vehicle. READ  

Ødegaard set for Norway international debut
Martin Ødegaard. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

Ødegaard set for Norway international debut

Fifteen-year-old Martin Ødegaard has been called up to the Norway football team for the friendly against the United Arab Emirates on August 27. READ  

Princess Ingrid starts her first day at new school
Princess Ingrid Alexander (centre) arrives with family for her first day at her new school on Tuesday. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Princess Ingrid starts her first day at new school

Princess Ingrid Alexandra was welcomed by pupils and staff at her new private school in Oslo on Tuesday. READ  

Strike teachers on full pay as pupils go without
Schools, like this one in Trondheim, brief pupils about the disruption caused by the Norway teachers' strike. Photo: Ned Alley / NTB scanpix

Strike teachers on full pay as pupils go without

Teachers striking across Norway are receiving full pay from their union who boast a strike fund of more than 1 billion kroner, it was revelaed on Tuesday. READ  

Football coach kicks out wife to focus on match
Malmö manager Åge Hareide. Photo: Conny Sillén / NTB scanpix

Football coach kicks out wife to focus on match

The Norwegian football coach Åge Hareide admitted on Monday asking his wife to leave so he could focus on winning a crunch qualifying game and a place in the Champions League. READ  

Serial chicken smuggler caught in Norway

Serial chicken smuggler caught in Norway

A Swedish man has been apprehended trying to smuggle half a tonne of frozen chicken into Norway by car on Monday. READ  

Øyer fire death: Police hunt missing step-son
Kim Andreas Kristiansen is wanted for his step father's murder in Øyer. Photo: Police / NTB scanpix.

Øyer fire death: Police hunt missing step-son

The stepson of a man found burned to death in Øyer on Thursday was formally charged with his murder on Sunday and is now missing, sparking a police hunt for his capture. READ  

School strikes cause chaos across Norway
Korsvoll school: One of many hit by teachers' strike action. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

School strikes cause chaos across Norway

School pupils and staff face chaos on Monday as around 8,000 teachers take strike action all over Norway. READ  

Arctic Race: Alexander Kristoff wins final stage
Alexander Kristoff in the green leads at the start of the fourth and last stage of the "Arctic Race of Norway" in Tromsø. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Arctic Race: Alexander Kristoff wins final stage

Norwegian cycling star Alexander Kristoff won the fourth and final stage of the 2014 Arctic Race of Norway in Tromsø, on Sunday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
National
Solberg 'most chatty' leader on Twitter
Culture
British Airways takes 'Slow TV' to the skies
International
Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel
Society
Buy your own Viking warship for just €160,000
Politics
Norway PM beats Candy Crush level 300
Culture
Norway sticks with fårikål as national dish
International
Cold bathing craze leads to teen death
Society
Sweden threatens to 'annex' the ostehøvel
National
Baby squirrels survive cat attack
Society
Norway's 'cushy' prisons spurring foreign cons
National
Half Norwegians overweight: Gates study
International
VIDEO: Jagland doing press-ups in Donetsk
Business & Money
Striking Norway barbers: 'Let your hair grow'
Culture
Rihanna 'hard to please', Norway's Stargate reveal
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

316
jobs available