Young women and men, vulnerability and prostitution

Young people with experiences of prostitution form a group that for various reasons is difficult to reach, both for researchers and social workers. NIKK’s project “Young women and men, vulnerability and prostitution” aims to compile and analyse the available knowledge about young people with experience of offering sex for money in all Nordic countries.

Young people’s experiences of prostitution are often gained well out of sight and usually outside the traditional arenas for prostitution. Existing support measures do not seem to reach this group and there is an urgent need to learn more about young people’s experiences of prostitution, for example to be able to prevent sexual exploitation. At the request of the Nordic Council of Ministers, NIKK will now shed light on the situation in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The project will be coordinated by Charlotta Holmström, sociologist who has done research on topics such as prostitution policy and sexual vulnerability at the Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies, Malmö University.

In 2008, NIKK carried out a project called Prostitution in the Nordic Region, which compiled and analysed knowledge about social and legal interventions as well as attitudes to and experiences of prostitution in the Nordic countries. Among other things, the project showed how the digital development and also the changed migration and mobility patterns have affected arenas and contact paths. The new project has a new focus, adolescents.

The project started in February this year, and NIKK will present a report compiling and analysing the available knowledge on young people’s experiences of offering prostitution in the autumn of 2019. The report is expected to contribute important knowledge for many different Nordic actors.

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