Position Paper on a Legal Ban on the Purchase of Sexual Services

The Expert Group on Prostitution was established in 2009 as a Sub-Working Group of the
Task Force on Human Trafficking chaired by the Women’s Section of the Austrian Federal
Chancellery. It comprises 30 experts of police departments on human trafficking and
prostitution, as well as specialised counselling centres for sex workers and members of
relevant public service departments (health service, women’s departments, legal
departments responsible for prostitution laws and brothel licensing authorities).

The Expert Group on Prostitution opposes a ban on prostitution in the form of a ban on the
purchase of sexual services (Criminalisation of Clients / “Swedish Model” / “Equality Model”)
due to the following reasons:

Position paper (pdf, 402 KB)

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