Sex worker murdered by the man Swedish courts gave full custody of her children to

Last week Thursday an outspoken Swedish sex worker who called herself "Petite Jasmine" was stabbed to death by her former partner - a partner that Swedish court at one point gave full custody of their children on the basis of her work.

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  1. A vocal blogger an activist in the network for sex worker rights Rose Alliance was stabbed to death by her ex partner. An ex partner that for the longest had struggled against her having any contact with their children, at one point gaining full custody - the courts having found that Jasmines line of work made her unsuitable as a parent. Her children had been forcibly taken into custody by the Swedish social welfare agency and then given to her partner. As Jasmine herself writes (in a letter to a Swedish MoP, quoted below): "[After her house had been stormed by social workers and her children forcibly taken into custody] ... I was subjected to an investigation which in a desperate way tried to find all those signs that they already from the start were convinced would be there, because I had been selling sex. Drug abuse, sexual abuse, emotional disturbance. They had a difficult time finding any of this, but it should certainly be known that they tried." The Swedish authorities in charge of her case spent a long time trying to find any of the signs that they 

    The case not only highlight the brutality of Swedish thinking around sex work as well as the bias of a legal system that considers itself among the fairest in the world.
  2. Scroll down to follow the conversation, get information on protests planned and see background on the Swedish legal handling of sex work as well as critiques of the same.
  3. From the statement from the organization Jasmine was active in, Rose Alliance:
  4. <div>Our board member, fierce activist and friend Petite Jasmine got brutually murdered yesterday (11 July 2013). Several years ago she lost custody of her children as she was considered to be an unfit parent due to being a sex worker. The children were placed with their father regardless of him being abusive towards Jasmine. They told her she didn't know what was good for her and that she was "romanti...sizing" prostitution, they said she lacked insight and didn't realise sex work was a form of self-harm. He threatened and stalked her on numerous occations, she was never offered any protection. She fought the system through four trials and had finally started seeing her children again. Yesterday the father of her children killed her. She always said "Even if I can't get my kids back I will make sure this never happens to any other sex worker". We will continue her fight. Justice for Jasmine! <br> <a href="/hashtag/justiceforjasmine" class="_58cn">‪#‎JusticeforJasmine‬</a>See More</a></div>
    Our board member, fierce activist and friend Petite Jasmine got brutually murdered yesterday (11 July 2013). Several years ago she lost custody of her children as she was considered to be an unfit parent due to being a sex worker. The children were placed with their father regardless of him being abusive towards Jasmine. They told her she didn't know what was good for her and that she was "romanti...sizing" prostitution, they said she lacked insight and didn't realise sex work was a form of self-harm. He threatened and stalked her on numerous occations, she was never offered any protection. She fought the system through four trials and had finally started seeing her children again. Yesterday the father of her children killed her. She always said "Even if I can't get my kids back I will make sure this never happens to any other sex worker". We will continue her fight. Justice for Jasmine!
    ‪#‎JusticeforJasmine‬See More
  5. One thing is clear: if sex work was considered more worthy of punishment than domestic abuse, then there is something incredibly wrong with Swedish legislation. Laws intended to protect those who might be exploited by the sex industry instead fuelled stigma that meant a mother lost custody of her children, and failed to protect her.
  6. What did Carter write this morning while I was sleeping after a late night of tears and anger? We have to listen to the victims, even those we might not like. Sweden not only refused to listen, they decided what the story really was. They decided that because of a job choice they morally disapprove of that a sex worker must be self harming, that a sex worker who doesn’t spout the anti line is deluded, I wonder if the term false consciousness was also trotted out? Which is where the tears turn to rage, because of course Jasmine could have been listened too, could have had custody of her kids, could have been flying off to international conferences and doing TV shows, instead of being prepared for burial, all she had to do was lie. There is a whole industry around survivors, be the sort of victim people want, swallow the crap about not really choosing sex work, tell a few stories about bad clients and pray with the fervour of a convert at the altar of end demand and all the support you want is there, on their terms. Those opposed to sex work have constructed a narrative that only allows sex workers to parrot theory, be good little puppets who trot out the party line like defendants at a Stalin era Russianshow trial and then the doors of rape crisis centers, domestic refuges and conferences open wide to you. Dare to say no, I have choices and I choose sex work, but this bad thing happened to me because bad things can happen to anyone and you are “romantacising sex work”
  7. Jasmine herself actively kept a blog where she documented not only her experiences of sex work, but also her struggle with the Swedish authorities, first for being granted the right to custody and then for getting any type of support in actually implementing her right - something which until her death had still not been done fully.
  8. Translation: "Pleasure for sale is about a young ex-sex worker based out of Stockholm, blogging about stigmatization and prejudice around sex work..."
  9. Att efter ett år och tre månader äntligen se henne stå framför mig. Känslan när hon springer in i min famn och kramar om mig, av att få snusa hennes hår som omedelbart blir dyblött av mina tårar, dra med fingret längs hennes lilla näsa och haka, smeka hennes lilla hand och hålla om hennes lilla kropp hårt i min famn och pussa henne elvatusen gånger i pannan. Att äntligen få se henne i ögonen och säga sjuttontusen gånger hur saknad och älskad hon är. Och aldrig vilja släppa taget igen, men måste. Skapad av min kropp då vi två har varit en och vi är en del av varandra för alltid. Kärleken till mina barn är obeskrivlig. (Och rättssystemet som sagt gemensam vårdnad och halva tiden, vart var ni när allt fick pågå?)
  10. Posted on 15th May 2013. Translation: "[...] To after one year and three months finally see her standing in front of me. The feeling when she runs into my arms and hugs me, to smell her hair which immediately gets soaked by my tears, run my fingers along her small nose and chin, caress her small hand and hold her little body hard in my arms and kiss here eleven thousand times on her forehead. To finally be able to look her in the eyes and say seventeen thousand times how missed and loved she is. And never want to let go again, but have to. Created by my body when we have been one and we are part of each other forever. The love for my children is indescribable. (And the court system that said joint custody and half the time, where were you when all this was allowed to happen?)" 
  11. A letter Jasmine wrote to one Swedish member of parliament summarizes her take on the events: 
  12. Internationally there was quite some response to the events, maybe also indicating the greater freedom to discuss events like this in the context of how they display flaws in the "Swedish Model" (see below) - something not entirely deemed politically correct in Sweden itself:
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