Women were divided, some calling for abolition of the law pointing out it was gendered in practice, and others supporting the then popular social hygiene concept of sterilisation of the unfit.These discussions raised the idea that men who sought out sex workers were a danger to all women.
Other regulations controlled areas frequented by prostitutes and the clothes that they could wear.This policy was both gendered and intrusive, who succeeded in removing gendered prostitution clauses from the proposed legislation dealing with contagious disease.Health professionals shifted from arguing about contagion to arguing morality.This pathologised theory became the dominant discourse from the 1930s onwards for dealing with uncontrolled sexuality in a period which was characterized by social medicalization.By 1958, women parliamentarians were stating that prostitution was the most important social problem of all time, demanding a further commission (1958–1962).
By now, there was yet another reconceptualisation of prostitution, from psychopathology to sociopathology, and the resulting legislation replaced the vagrancy law with the antisocial behaviour law in 1964.
In 1812, a law was introduced which allowed forced medical examination and treatment of any one suspected of carrying a sexual disease, a law that was in practice mostly forced upon women in the capital suspected by the police of being prostitutes, which lead to protests of harassment.
Between 18, an attempt was made by the municipal authorities in the capital of Stockholm to establish state control over prostitution, and thereby sexual diseases, through an experiment with private licensed brothels, London and Stadt Hamburg, but without success.
Throughout these discourses, care was taken to distinguish attitude, which required correction, from acts, which were punishable.
A parallel discourse was the concern about population, and the 1935-1938 Population Commission commented on the need to control demand.
most prostitution was illegal, but tolerated and regulated, including medical examinations and lock hospitals for venereal diseases.