Finland to Outlaw Most Dating?

Title notwithstanding, the reality is that new prostitution laws are being considered in Finland. Once I read this article, the first thing I did was to hit the site of our resident English-blogging (Finnish is not a tongue I speak and my son seems to have crashed for the night) libertarian in Finland. His take:

This new legislation of course will have no affect, the Johns and the hookers and their pimps will just find alternative, underground ways to make a deal. And better yet, we’ll see more drunken sexcapades to Estonia, where their activity won’t be monitored. It’s not a problem if it’s 80km over the Gulf, eh?

The Finnish government and authorities have failed in their duties to protect people in Finland from human trafficking, they think this new archaic legislation will somehow prove to the U.S. and the rest of the world that Finland is not a haven for traffickers.

What grabbed my attention was the wording used to describe the proposed new law:

The buying of sex could soon lead to imprisonment in Finland, as the purchase of sexual services is to be totally banned and criminalised in the country. Under the proposed law, the buyer of sex services would be subject to a fine, or up to six months in prison. An attempt to buy sex would be a crime as well.

While I disagree with the basic premise involved, this is somewhat inline with “official” mores in the U.S and many other countries, so it comes as no big surprise. Here’s the clincher:

For the purposes of the law, the purchase of sex services includes also a promise of any form of compensation – not only money.

European chicks (and guys) are pretty much the same as in the rest of the world. I know, as I used to live and date (not in Finland, but Germany) there. Does this mean if I buy my Finnish girlfriend a nice piece of jewelry and get laid that night that I have violated the law? What if I just purchase a nice dinner and a few drinks? What about the most common occurence, which is meeting someone at a bar and just buying a few drinks? Stuffed animals have always worked well for me, BTW. Of course, there is never any quid pro quo in such situations (wink wink).

This leads to questions about having sex with the boss, porn shoots, and a wide variety of other circumstances. I live in Alabama, where distribution of sex toys is illegal, and they haven’t taken the government interference in the bedroom this far, yet.

Most Fins I’ve met are extremely fun loving and freedom oriented. They need to take control of their Parliament before someone like this takes control over their lives.

Speaking of Finland, what’s up with this?

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  1. I have been to Finland. They are a wonderful and noble people. I would be proud to live amongst them. God bless scenic Suomi.

    But on the whole they did not strike me as cha-cha-cha Latin lovers. At least the Swedes disrobe with a little sweet talk. Indeed, people joke in Europe of how the Spaniards and Italians troop up north every August to bestow the blessings of a superior elder civilization that knows how to have a good time upon the timid Vikings.

    But Finland is rarely a stop. Finnish surveys show that most Finns would rather pet their dogs than get it on with a Hollywood star. Dating is so humdrum that as I recall 60 Minutes ran a satire on it. In the piece people basically glumly danced folk dances, act repressed and got drunk. It’s a national joke. After seeing the piece, some may wonder if this law is meant as consumer protection for naive tourists. They may find it difficult to conceive of what a wild time with a Finnish prostitute could mean, unless you adore bingo.