Strong support for prostitution laws – survey

Six out of ten Norwegians support the country’s anti-prostitution laws, which ban the sale of sex, a new opinion poll shows.

Strong support for prostitution laws - survey
Prostitutes on the streets of Oslo in 2005, before the ban on buying sex was introduced. Photo: Heiko Junge/Scanpix

According to the poll, carried out by Sentio for left-wing paper Klassekampen, 65 percent say they are in favour of the ban, while 20 percent are against. 

The ban was even supported by a majority of supporters of the three governing parties, despite the fact that the Conservatives (Høyre), the Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet) and the Liberals (Venstre) want to overturn the ban and have promised an evaluation of the law.

“We’ve been against the law all along, out of concern for prostitutes themselves. Research has shown that prostitution has gone underground and that the environment [for prostitutes] has been brutalised. This poll shows that more information about the facts is needed,” said Anders B Werp, Conservative justice spokesman.

The ban on the purchase of sex was introduced five years ago. It is not illegal to sell sex.

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