Swedish sex crimes up over a third since sex purchase outlawed.
FIGURES from BRA, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, show a hefty rise in sex crimes since Sweden outlawed the purchase of sex.
The figure hovered around 9,000 a year when the controversial law was adopted, but its latest stats show it has now soared to 12,100 12,600 a year. Some increase in reporting may have affected the figures, but an increase in criminal activity is likely, says BRA.
The figures include rape, sexual molestation and sexual coercion. Thirty percent of victims are under 15.
When Tokyo banned brothels 50 years ago, sex crime rocketed 125% in the following four months (scan down here).
UPDATE January 6: Latest info from BRA shows the rocketing sex crime rate continued through 2007, now standing at 12,600 a year – 40% up on that at the point the new law was adopted.
“Almost 12,600 sex crimes were reported in 2007, which represents an increase of three per cent by comparison with the number reported in 2006. There was an increase in the number of reported rape offences, which rose by 13 percent to 4,750. In contrast, the number of reported crimes of sexual coercion, exploitation etc. decreased by eight per cent by comparison with the figure for 2006.”
England + Wales rape figures also show an increase since the Swedish law was adopted – but in the last two years they have fallen a total 13 percent.