Rothstein says that a law banning people from giving money to beggars is similar to the Swedish law that prohibits parents from smacking their children. Neither is very easy to implement, he argues, but both change what is accepted in.
"People shouldn't be humiliated. They should be helped by structural policies. What I see on Swedish streets these days is constant humiliation of these people, and that's unacceptable ," Rothstein says.
He goes on saying that instead of giving money to beggars, one should instead give the money to organisations who specialise in helping homeless and poor people.
"These organisations do what they can to support these people without humiliating them. Think of it this way: If it were your child who had lost all its money, would you want them to beg or get help for an organisation?" Rothstein says.