UPDATED: Approximately 600 foreign women married to Norwegian men end up as prostitutes annually, newspaper reports suggest. NGO Nadheim says this is not the case.
According to newspaper Vårt Land, a survey of Oslo massage parlours carried out by the Church City Mission (Kirkens Bymisjon) that more are involved in prostitution, with many of the staff being Thai women who have been left by their Norwegian husbands.
Nadheim, the City Mission’s centre for women and men involved in prostitution, found that 70 percent of 59 massage parlours offered sex, newspaper Vårt Land reports.
Vårt Land also writes that the organisation says many women from Thailand, a poor country with employment challenges, come to Norway in search of work out of responsibility for their family.
Worker and leader of the Thai women’s association, Kornchawan Thorsen, explained to Vårt Land what Nadheim is doing to helpor women come in contact with.
“We provide information about their rights, Norwegian law, and about finding jobs. Nevertheless, we are also trying to figure out the problems of each individual, helping them with everything.”
She continued, “It’s very difficult for them to find a job because of language, lack of experience, and knowledge. They cannot get a job via NAV (Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) because they’re not aware of their rights. They’re not given any information about these.”
Nadheim's Anna Olofsson tells The Foreigner today that "we have not made any survey or written any report about this. We don't have any knowledge whether the massage parlours offer sexual services - most of them don't do that. Most Thai women in Norway don't sell sex. Moreover, we don't know anything about how many Thai-Norwegian marriages end up with divorce in the first place."
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