In recent years there has been a decrease in the number of prostitutes in the city center of Oslo. In 2009, there were about 100 prostitutes. Ten years later, it is between 15 and 20.
Most street prostitutes are from Romania and Bulgaria, says Olav Lægdene, head of the Norwegian Church Administration’s Nadheim to NRK.
The organization does outreach work to get in touch with people who sell sex.
This year, ten years have passed since the sex purchase law, which makes it a criminal offense to buy sex, was introduced in Norway. According to the Church City Mission, more and more prostitutes are selling sex on the Internet instead.
“Those who sell sex online are often from Russia, Thailand and South America,” says Lægdene.
Magnus Løkenflaen, who leads the investigation of organized crime in the Oslo police district, confirms that there has been a sharp decline in the number of street prostitutes.
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