Lost at the intersections: a postcolonial approach to the Swedish Sex Purchase Act

University essay from Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender; Lunds universitet/Graduate School

Abstract: This study focuses on the Swedish Sex Purchase Act and their claims of help and support to prostitutes, as outlined by two propositions: Kvinnofrid (proposition 1997/98:55) and in the 10-year evaluation of the Act (SOU 2010:49). It investigates these claims through an ethnography of law method and data collected from fieldwork is interpreted and reflected through the conceptual framework of postcolonial feminist legal theory and intersectionality. My findings uncovered the rather inclusionary and exclusionary practices of the Swedish welfare state, where victimhood is contingent upon the identity of the sex worker. As the overwhelming majority of prostitutes in Sweden are either migrants and/or homo-, bi-sexual, and transgender, this study demonstrates that the Sex Purchase Act is concerned with immigration practices, and where applicable, displays a lack of specialized needs due to the misrecognition of one’s identity.

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