Sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality

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The objective of this briefing paper is to provide background information drawn from the international literature on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality in relation to the report of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. The study concentrates on the debate on whether prostitution could be voluntary or has rather to be regarded in any case as a violation of women’s human rights. It also presents an overview of the policies on prostitution in the Member States as well as four case studies: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. Conclusions are presented with the view to enhance the debate.

Language(s)

German, English, French

ISBN

978-92-823-5171-0

Author

Erika Schulze

Publisher

European Parliament

Publication Date

January, 2014

Contributor

Novo Canto, Sandra; Mason, Peter; Skalin, Maria;

Format

pdf

Rights

Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the publisher is given prior notice and sent a copy.