Sex Buyers ("the demand")

The Making of Sexual Violence

How does a boy grow up to commit rape? The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) analyzes data from 5 countries on their perceptions of various types of rape and sexual violence. The article further recommends action in education that should be taken to eliminate sexual violence.

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Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men, new study shows

The question, “is prostitution a job or is it sexual abuse?” has long been debated. A team of researchers compared men who buy sex to those who don’t buy sex in a study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Sex buyers saw women in prostitution as intrinsically different from other women and had less empathy […]

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The Invisible Men project

“The Invisible Men project shows you words used by men to review their experiences with women in prostitution. Without seeking to prove, disprove, or debate choice on the part of the women described, you are invited to consider: what do you think of HIS choice?” Read more about the project: http://invisible-men-canada.tumblr.com/

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Targeting the Johns in Sex Trade

Reflecting the global shift in thinking about prostitution – it’s no longer seen as a victimless crime, rather, sex buyers are understood now as predators – journalist Nicholas Kristof discusses law enforcement’s focus on sex buyers rather than women in prostitution.

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Legalized Prostitution in Amsterdam “has never worked” says a Survivor

Despite claims that legalization helps women in prostitution, in Amsterdam it has led to increases in organized crime and trafficking and has created an environment in which pimps operate with impunity under the title of “manager” or “facilitator.” Far from empowering or protecting the prostituted women, where prostitution is legalized, the women are forced to […]

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“End Demand” Works, Evidence Shows

Almost everyone in the field is discussing legal approaches toward the related scourges of human trafficking and prostitution. Recognizing that prostitution is a form of sex inequality related to gender-based violence, the Swedish approach criminalizes the purchaser, while decriminalizing the prostituted person, and has dramatically reduced prostitution and human trafficking since 1999. The law has also been adopted in […]

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City Targets Sex Buyers with Letter Writing Campaign

Part of a comprehensive approach to end human trafficking and prostitution is through the provision of services to women and children being exploited by the industry and to crack down on sex buyers–the johns who create the demand for commercial sex. Without the demand, there is no need for the supply. The Oakland local community […]

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A Thorn in the Heart: Cambodian Men Who Buy Sex

Paper presented at “Focus on Men Who Buy Sex: Discourage Men’s Demand for Prostitution, Stop Sex Trafficking” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 17, 2012. Co-hosted by Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center and Prostitution Research & Education. Executive Summary We interviewed 133 Cambodian men who had bought sex from adult women in prostitution, with 37% also acknowledging […]

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Prosecutors Focus on Pimps and Clients, Instead of Women

It was not exactly a run-of-the-mill prostitution case: the men accused as ringleaders were a father and his son, a pimp team coercing women to push their trade like traveling sex saleswomen, handing out business cards at hotels and strip clubs.

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New law criminalizing sex buyers is an important step to abolishing sexual exploitation in Israel

On Sunday, February 12, 2012 the Ministerial Committee for Legislation gave its initial approval to a new bill that targets sex buyers in Israel. The new legislation, proposed by MK Orit Zuaretz, makes paying for sexual services a criminal offense–imposing a sentence of up to six months imprisonment or community service. It follows the model […]

Under New Law, France Would No Longer Be Sexual Playground of Men Like Dominique Strauss-Kahn

In the aftermath of the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn last year, the French National Assembly signed a Resolution that “reaffirms the abolitionist position of France, the objective of which is ultimately a society without prostitution” on December 6, 2011. This resolution represents France’s recognition that prostitution is not sex work that should be legalized or […]

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The John Next Door

The men who buy sex are your neighbors and colleagues. A new study reveals how the burgeoning demand for porn and prostitutes is warping personal relationships and endangering women and girls. Men of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds do it. Rich men do it, and poor men do it, in forms so varied and […]

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Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers

Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy Sex: “You can have a good time with the servitude” vs. “You’re supporting a system of degradation”  Paper presented at Psychologists for Social Responsibility Annual Meeting July 15, 2011, Boston. This research study compared 101 men who buy sex with 100 men who did not buy sex, matched by age, […]

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Statement of Asia-Pacific Meeting of Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Survivors

“We unite with our sisters in the feminist movement and the labor movement who call for real jobs, not prostitution; for economic programs that create local, sustainable employment, and not push women out of the country; for the socialization of the care economy while recognizing that domestic work is work; for greater budget for women […]

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Attitudes and Social Characteristics of Men Who Buy Sex in Scotland

Public awareness about prostitution has grown in recent years, along with an understanding of the psychological trauma resulting from sexual exploitation as commercial enterprise, regardless of its legal status. Mainstreamed and normalized prostitution is an example of a social ecology that offers men “the opportunity to aggress and force women to accept their aggression.” Historically, […]

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King of the Creeps: Hugh Hefner

“To make a documentary about Hugh Hefner–indisputably the world’s most famous pornographer and unrepentant chauvinist–and omit his enormously influential role in negatively shaping ideas about female sexuality is sophistry. Berman’s documentary is an attempt to “get beyond the bunny,” but there is no getting beyond the bunny because the bunny made the man. Hefner’s success […]

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Against Prostitution and Human Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (Sweden)

Prostitution and human trafficking are sustained by demand. Prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes represent a serious obstacle to social equality, to gender equality and to the enjoyment of human rights. Trafficking profoundly violates human dignity and the right of individuals to decide over their own lives and their own bodies. The victims are […]

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Trafficking, Prostitution and the Sex Industry: The Nordic Legal Model

There is no doubt that the Nordic countries lead the world on most indicators of gender equality. Gender equality experts and advocates have long pointed out that in economics, politics and social services, the Nordic countries top the charts. A less noticed equality indicator is that the Nordic countries outpace others in legal action to […]

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Canada’s Prostitution Laws – 2009

Supporters of the prostitution industry want us to believe that women would be safe if men’s purchase of women for sex is legalized. In the name of women’s security, they are arguing in an Ontario court this week that male johns and pimps have a constitutional right to buy and sell women. They are claiming […]

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Men Who Buy Sex (London) 2009

UK-based Eaves for Women and U.S.-based Prostitution and Research Education teamed up to interview 103 men in London who had bought commercial sex. Of those men, 55% believed that the majority of women were lured, tricked, or trafficked into the sex industry unwillingly. Most of the men interviewed also claimed that at least a third […]

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Trafficking: Theory vs Reality (2009) Women’s Studies International Forum

This article presents evidence for the links between prostitution and trafficking, using examples of New Zealand, USA, and India. Men’s demand for trafficked women cannot be distinguished from the demand for prostitution. The same qualities in women that are sought by men who buy sex are also risk factors for trafficking, for example, young age, […]

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Prostitution Policy Recommendations to the City of San Francisco

Strongly criminalizing johns is the most effective legal approach to date to the harms of violence and exploitation that prostitution inflicts on those used in it. Many countries, some states, and international law support this approach, which San Francisco could readily adopt, along with other legal and social initiatives building on existing law, policy, and […]

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Challenging Men’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland

This is a research report based on interviews with 110 scottish men who bought women in prostitution. We asked interviewees about the extent to which their identity as men was based on valuing psychological and sexual dominance and about their suspiciousness and resentment toward women. We assessed sexually coercive behaviors with non-prostituting women such as […]

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Ex-Prostitutes Against Legislated Sexual Servitude

Contact: xpalss@shaw.ca A statement by members of Ex-Prostitutes Against Legislated Sexual Servitude. Includes a version of the statement in French. “We are women who have been harmed by prostitution. We believe that no amount of changing the conditions or the locations in which we were prostituted could ever have significantly reduced that harm. We experience the […]

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Prostitution, Trafficking, and Cultural Amnesia: What We Must Not Know in Order To Keep the Business of Sexual Exploitation Running Smoothly

This article discusses and analyzes empirical data on the harms of prostitution, pornography and trafficking. This information has to be culturally, psychologically, and legally denied or ignored because to know and acknowledge it would interfere with the business of sexual exploitation.

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Prostitution Harms Women Even if Indoors

This article describes the social invisibility of indoor prostitution, points out the lack of evidence suggesting that indoor prostitution is “safe,” and summarizes the testimony of women who reported violence in strip club prostitution and warnings about violence from groups promoting indoor prostitution.

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Prostitution on Demand: Legalizing the Buyers as Sexual Consumers

Research, programs, and legislation related to sex trafficking are often premised on the invisibility of the male buyer and the failure to address men�s role in buying and abusing women in prostitution. Governments, UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and others act as if the male demand for sexual exploitation is insignificant. This article looks at […]

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The Swedish Law that Prohibits the Purchase of Sexual Services: Best Practices for Prevention of Prostitution and Trafficking in Human Beings

After several years of public debate initiated by the Swedish women’s movement, the Law That Prohibits the Purchase of Sexual Services came into force on January 1, 1999. The Law is the first attempt by a country to address the root cause of prostitution and trafficking in beings: the demand, the men who assume the […]

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‘Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart’: Prostitution Harms Women Even if Legalized or Decriminalized

With examples from a 2003 New Zealand prostitution law, this article discusses the logical inconsistencies in laws sponsoring prostitution and includes evidence for the physical, emotional, and social harms of prostitution. These harms are not decreased by legalization or decriminalization. The article addresses the confusion caused by organizations that oppose trafficking but at the same […]

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Streets Apart

In the debate about prostitution, there are those, like the Dutch, who advocate legalising it, and those, like the Swedes, who want to get women off the streets by cracking down on customers and pimps. Julie Bindel investigates the current debate in the U.K.

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10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution

Discussion of ways that legalized or decriminalized prostitution promotes trafficking expands both legal and illegal prostitution, and fails to promote women’s health or make them any safer.

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