Prostitution & the Sex Trade

Prostitution is legal in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but each country has vastly different approaches and policies regarding sex work. Explore how national cultures construct their own narratives about sex, gender, and rights, and how they grapple with conflicting views on sex for sale.

Program Highlights

  • Use Copenhagen as your case study with guest lecturers and class visits to the city’s Red Light District and organizations such as Reden (The Nest), a drop-in facility for Danish sex workers
  • Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to talk with former sex workers, customers, and NGOs to examine the differences, legally and socially, in how prostitution is approached in comparison to Denmark
  • Mirror decision makers within the Danish government in a final panel debate on controversial topics such as prohibiting prostitution, legalizing it, and the criminalization of the customer

 

Student Profile

This program is right for you if study gender studies, women’s studies, sociology, anthropology, human rights, international relations, and/or are interested in a career in law, academia, or social work.

One of the greatest parts about studying prostitution and the sex trade is the exposure to a wide variety of opinions and experiences. We were able to hear from former prostitutes, the police, political parties, non-profits, and even a frequent customer. Being exposed to each viewpoint and experience has forced me to struggle in the best possible way with what I believe and has opened my mind to a social milieu that is often forced to the fringes of society. ”

– Andrea Fenster, American University

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