Report: No change in sex trade numbers despite new law

It's unclear if Sweden's sex trade law, which criminalises clients and not sex workers, has managed to reduce prostitution, according to a new report that the Stockholm County Council is handing over to the government today.

The report shows that the number of people who admit to having paid for sexual services is roughly the same now as it was twenty years ago.

The report does show that the number of sex workers on the street has been halved since the law came into effect, but at the same time the number of ads for sexual services online has skyrocketed from 300 to close to 7,000 in the past eight years, Swedish Radio News reports.

Sweden's law on prostitution was the first to criminalise sex buyers instead of sex workers when it was enacted in 1999.