Prostitution & the Sex Trade Prostitution & the Sex Trade

This program will challenge you to grapple with the conflicting views on prostitution in Europe. Prostitution is legal in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but each country applies its own policies and laws. You will explore how different cultures construct very different narratives about sex, gender, and rights.



This program is right for you if you are a gender or women’s studies major or you study sociology, anthropology, human rights, or international relations. The topics explored relating to prostitution and human trafficking will apply to a future career in law, academia, or social work.


>> Prostitution and the Sex Trade in Europe
This course focuses on prostitution as a parallel or grey economy in Europe. You will gain insight into the historical, cultural, and political aspects of prostitution in Scandinavia and in other European countries such as the Netherlands. You will also examine prostitution from different perspectives ranging from sex workers, customers, and anti-trafficking advocacy groups, to law-enforcement officials and politicians.


DIS has over 190 elective courses for you to build your curriculum from after choosing your required core course. You have to opportunity to focus on your major or diversify by selecting any combination of courses based on your needs. Click here for electives related to human rights, legal studies, and more.

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Elective Course Feature

Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize pornography. Consider enrolling in the Pornography in Scandinavia elective course to examine the history of pornography from print to feminist and queer porn, and the specific conditions which enabled the legalization of pornography in Denmark such as the welfare state, gender perceptions, and the politics of equality.


Aside from being faculty at DIS I also run my own law firm, mainly taking pro-bono cases for trafficked people in relation to violations of immigration law and the Danish penal code. I also chair a non-profit NGO, called HopeNow, which works for and with people who are trafficked to Denmark to be exploited in prostitution and forced labor.

Teaching means I can meld together my work experience in anti-trafficking, human rights, and international law; with personal experiences and interests in gender issues. It is my hope that my students will gain understanding and learn about issues and concepts through real contexts and personal experiences here - not just historical texts and other people’s views.

Anne Brandt Christensen Faculty for Prostitution & the Sex Trade in Europe
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