Swedish MEP calls for EU to clamp down on sex industry

Swedish MEP Marianne Eriksson has called on the Commission to crack down on the sex industry by restricting obscene e-mails and prohibiting companies which make money out of pornography from being quoted on the stock exchange.

Background

On 19 January 2004, MEPs, experts and women's rights groups met in Brussels to discuss the sex industry in Europe. Most speakers praised a recent Swedish law that makes the purchase of sexual services a criminal offence and welcomed the focus on buyers.

In an own-initiative report drafted ahead of the hearing, Swedish MEP Marianne Eriksson (GUE/NGL) urges the Commission to present measures to stop the expansion of the sex industry. She calls for EU legislation to:

  • make the supply of pornography on TV based on active request only;
  • restrict obscene emails;
  • prohibit companies which make money out of pornography from being quoted on the stock exchange (such as the Swedish Private Media Group Inc. and the German Beate Uhse AG).

The EP Women's committee will vote on this report on 18-19 February. The vote in Plenary is due to take place in March. An expert group is currently debating measures on combatting the trafficking of women - a report will then be submitted to the Commission.