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Is buying sex morally wrong?: Comparing attitudes toward prostitution using individual-level data across eight Western European countries
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Polit Sci, Gothenburg, Sweden..
Karlstad Univ, Karlstad Business Sch, Karlstad, Sweden.;Karlstad Univ, SE-65188 Karlstad, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7143-8793
2017 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 61, 58-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

States try to combat sex trafficking through both the criminalization of buying sex and by entirely legalizing or regulating the market for prostitution. Proponents of criminalization argue that this approach leads to less acceptance of prostitution, creating a smaller sex market, and reducing the inflow of trafficked victims. Few studies examine if prostitution laws are associated with attitudes toward prostitution. We assess attitudes in eight European countries, using newly collected survey data. This is one of few studies comparing attitudes across different prostitution regimes. Citizens in countries where the purchase of sex is criminalized are less tolerant toward the buying of sex compared to citizens living in countries where the purchase of sex is legalized. Also, people viewing gender equality as important are less accepting of the purchase in countries where buying sex is prohibited, but more accepting in countries where buying sex and running a brothel are legal. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD , 2017. Vol. 61, 58-69 p.
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Attitudes, Demand, Gender equality, Prostitution legislature, Sex trafficking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65521DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2016.12.007ISI: 000400202300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65521DiVA: diva2:1170753
Available from: 2018-01-04 Created: 2018-01-04 Last updated: 2018-01-04

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