Prostitution policy: The Nordic Model or full decriminalization?

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What do sex trade survivors say?

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Dame Diana Johnson has tabled a Sexual Exploitation Bill in the UK Parliament. If passed, this would establish a Nordic Model approach to prostitution legislation and policy in England and Wales. In the debate on the first reading of the Bill, Dame Diana spoke eloquently on why this Bill is urgently needed.

Lyn Brown, the Labour MP for West Ham, spoke against the Bill making claims about the Nordic Model causing “sex workers” to be more exposed to violence, to find it harder to “distinguish between clients who are a threat and those who are not,” and to be less likely to report violence to the police and to use condoms. She also spoke very positively about the fully decriminalized approach that is in place in New Zealand – which decriminalizes all aspects of the sex trade, including pimps and brothel keepers.

In this webinar we will hear from women who have lived experience of prostitution under the Nordic Model in Sweden, and under the decriminalized and legalized regimes in New Zealand and Germany. We will ask them what prostitution is really like under these different models and whether they agree with Dame Diana or Lyn Brown.

You will be able to ask questions during the event and you can also send in questions in advance (see below).


Ally Marie Diamond: Ally Marie is of Maori/Pacific Islander heritage and grew up in New Zealand where she was groomed into prostitution as a vulnerable young woman, leading to seven years trapped in brothels. She now lives in Australia and is a passionate activist against the sex trade and for the Nordic Model. She co-founded Wahine Toa Rising, a survivor-led organisation that campaigns for a better deal and genuine alternatives for women involved in the sex trade in New Zealand.

Huschke Mau: Huschke was, with interruptions, in prostitution in Germany for ten years, having been introduced to it as a sexually traumatized girl living through an economic emergency by a German police officer, her first pimp. She, too, is now a passionate activist against the sex trade and for the Nordic Model approach. She is the founder of Network Ella, an organisation of prostitution survivors.

Cajsa. When she was 14, Cajsa became involved with a violent man. She stayed with him for two terrible years. After she managed to get away, she started to abuse drugs and turned to prostitution to finance her habit. She is now 23 and has been clean for three years. She now fights for women’s rights and is a member of #intedinhora, an organisation of people who have experienced prostitution in Sweden.

Helen McDonald: Helen works for an Essex-based charity that supports survivors of sexual violence, including women exploited in the sex-industry. She joined Nordic Model Now! to contribute to the fight for a system she believes will play a major role in protecting women from sexual exploitation. Helen will chair the webinar.

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The webinar will be hosted in Zoom. We will email registered attendees shortly before the event with details of how to join. If you can’t see the email, please check your spam folders.


There will be an option to submit questions during the event, but you are welcome to email in advance any questions you would like the panel to consider. Please put ‘Webinar Question’ in the subject line and email it to Time constraints mean we will be limited in how many questions we can address.

This is a mixed event

This event will include women talking about some of the worst forms of male violence. We ask everyone, but particularly men, to be mindful of this and how both speakers and members of the audience may find this triggering because it resonates with their own experiences of male violence. We ask everyone to be open and respectful.

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