Beatrice Ask, the Swedish justice minister, has suggested that families be informed in situations where fathers or husbands are suspected of purchasing sex. “It is a little like being shamed on the town square,” said the government minister at a seminar last week.
The Local reports that Ms Ask made the contentious statements during a parliamentary discussion on prostitution, where she argued that friends and family of any sex-buyer should be informed of their actions. “I could imagine having envelopes in a very garish colour and sending them home to people suspected of this offence,” said the justice minister, who claimed that publicly outing supposed offenders would serve as an effective deterrent to others.
“I think that the worst thing which can happen to many of them who are out there buying sex, is that someone in their circles finds out about it,” Ask stated in an interview with Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. She did concede that the idea of the garish envelope was possibly not the best approach but that the principle of the matter was worth investigating.
“In practice maybe we can’t have coloured envelopes, but we have to show who they are and let those around them know,” she told reporters, adding that she would be discussing the proposal with her parliamentary colleagues. “I have to check with them. They think I am a little wild from time to time,” the minister concluded.