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Letters Better health for sex workers

Sweden shows how the Nordic model could improve women’s wellbeing and create a better society

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 30 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3629
  1. Harriet Evans, survivor and activist1,
  2. Richard Byng, general practitioner and, professor in primary care research2,
  3. Lynne Callaghan, senior research fellow2,
  4. Anna Fisher, chair1
  1. 1Nordic Model Now! London SW17 8BY, UK
  2. 2Community and Primary Care Research Group, Clinical Trials and Population Studies, University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Room N14, ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park, Plymouth PL6 8BX, UK
  1. harriet.tutti.evans{at}

Proponents of the two main opposing models of legislating sex work (full decriminalisation versus the Nordic model) agree that criminalising sellers of sex is counterproductive, but the overall aims of and evidence for the two models were not fully explored by Howard.1 Our experience is that distress, trauma, substance misuse, poverty, or coercion can lead to prostitution, causing further emotional and physical harm.2

Harriet, survivor and activist, …

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