Abolitionist feminism as patriarchal control: Swedish understandings of prostitution and trafficking

  title={Abolitionist feminism as patriarchal control: Swedish understandings of prostitution and trafficking},
  author={Jay S. Levy and Pye Jakobsson},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
In this special issue, we note some recurrent themes in international political and discursive engagement with a moral panic concerning human trafficking, notably a conflation of forced and free prostitution, alongside calls to abolish the sex industry through a criminalisation of the purchase of sex. We here specifically examine Sweden’s sex purchase criminalisation, with Sweden being the first state globally to legislate according to this call. Proclaimed as a measure to attack demand for… Expand
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