Last updated on: 8/28/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Jan. 1, 2009 – Norway Bans the Purchase of Sex

“A new law has come into force [on Jan. 1, 2009] in Norway making the purchase of sex illegal. Norwegian citizens caught paying for prostitutes at home or abroad could face a hefty fine or a six-month prison sentence, authorities say. The prison sentence could be extended to three years in cases of child prostitution…

The tough new measures go further than similar ones introduced by other Nordic countries such as Sweden [on Jan. 1, 1999] and Finland. Norwegian police have been authorised to use wire-tapping devices to gather evidence…

Prostitutes will be offered access to free education and health treatment for those with alcohol or drugs problems.”