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THE NORDIC MODEL
Widespread legal reform through outright bans on the purchasing of sex has decreased sex slavery and trafficking significantly by introducing laws to criminalise prostitution.
In 1999 Sweden introduced a law that criminalised the purchasing of sexual services while it remained legal to sell those services. Over 70% of the population agreed with such measures and Norway and Iceland soon introduced their own laws to punish purchasers of sex.
The main objective of the law was to reduce the demand for the commercial sex industry which supports the existence of sex trafficking, and to encourage a higher level of gender equality.