Gunilla Ekberg, Special Advisor on issues of prostitution and trafficking in women at the Swedish Division for Gender Equality, in the Oct. 2004 Violence Against Women article "The Swedish Law That Prohibits the Purchase of Sexual Services," wrote:

“The ultimate goal of the Law is to protect the women in prostitution by, among other measures, addressing the root cause of prostitution and trafficking: the men who assume the right to purchase female human beings and sexually exploit them. From the Swedish experience, we know that when the buyers risk punishment, the number of men who buy prostituted women decreases, and the local prostitution markets become less lucrative… If more countries would address the demand for prostituted women, by criminalizing not only the pimps and the traffickers but also the buyers, then the expansion of the global prostitution industry would be seriously threatened.”

Oct. 2004