While many nations have resigned themselves to the fact that ‘prostitution will always be with us,’ one country’s success stands out as a solitary beacon lighting the way. Sweden has dramatically reduced the number of women involved in prostitution.
In the capital city of Stockholm, the number of women in street prostitution has been reduced by two-thirds, and the number of johns has been reduced by 80%. There are other major Swedish cities where street prostitution has all but disappeared. Gone too, for the most part, are the renowned Swedish brothels and massage parlors which proliferated during the last three decades of the 20th century when prostitution in Sweden was legal.