Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Gunilla Ekberg Biography

Title:
Special Adviser, Swedish Division for Gender Equality
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“In Sweden, prostitution is officially acknowledged as a form of male sexual violence against women and children. One of the cornerstones of Swedish policies against prostitution and trafficking in human beings is the focus on the root cause, the recognition that without men’s demand for and use of women and girls for sexual exploitation, the global prostitution industry would not be able flourish and expand.

Prostitution is a serious problem that is harmful, in particular, not only to the prostituted woman or child but also to society at large. Therefore, prostituted women and children are seen as victims of male violence who do not risk legal penalties. Instead, they have a right to assistance to escape prostitution.”

Violence Against Women, 2004

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Special Adviser on issues of prostitution and trafficking in women, Swedish Division for Gender Equality, Government of Sweden
  • Attorney
  • Member, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)-Canada
Education:
  • University of British Columbia School of Law
  • Lund University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Is Legal Prostitution a Legitimate Business?
  3. Is Legal Prostitution an Aspect of Sexual Liberation?
  4. Should Selling Sexual Acts Be Decriminalized but Buying Sex Acts Criminalized?