At 9 am, the class of International English met up Storgata 11, where to Prosenter in Oslo is located. The prosenter is a state regulated organization that helps prostitutes by giving them healthcare and other services that they may need. I personally knew very little about prostitution and how it relates to poverty and drugs. I was very interested in seeing a different side to the so-called “Oldest profession”.
Upon our arrival, we met Ida who works at the Prosenter. She informed us about prostitution in Norway and how the law regulates it. In Norway, we use the term “sexkjøploven”, which states that you can legally sell sex, however you can not buy sex. This includes all sexual favours for money or some other form of payment, such as drugs or alcohol.
However, the general public has a misconception of how prostitution works. Most prostitutes work through online services and social media. Through the technology advancement, the common idea of street prostitution has disappeared.
To conclude, we learned a lot about the controversial life of a prostitute. It was very interesting and I would recommend everyone to educate themselves on this topic. There are some obvious flaws in the industry and the only way to solve them is to address them through open conversation.