Anne Mathieson

Swedish Project Support, 2013

While working on prostitution issues with other activists in the U.S., Anne Mathieson learned of an anti‐prostitution policy being pioneered in Sweden, which modeled new international standards by: a) decriminalizing the activities of individuals selling sexual services, and b) criminalizing the activities of those purchasing sexual services or living off the earnings of prostituted persons. Studies show that the Swedish model has successfully reduced the number of individuals prostituted and trafficked in Sweden, as well as the number of buyers of sexual services. Her Roth‐Thompson awaedenabling Mathieson to put her research in Sweden into an international perspective, to determine if and how core elements of this model could be successfully introduced to the U.S.