A few days ago, I came across this excellent study carried out in 2009 by Melissa Farley, Julie Bindel and Jacqueline M. Goldin in London. It is an insightful “research study of 103 men who describe their use of trafficked and non-trafficked women in prostitution, and their awareness of coercion and violence.” It is shocking reading. The disregard for the well-being, or indeed, the human worth of the women the men buy sex with on behalf of these men is deeply concerning. Equally as concerning are the statistics regarding the location of the ‘transactions’, the culture the men seem to buy into, the normalisation of prostitution displayed in their attitudes.
The recommendations Farley, Bindel and Goldin make were spot on in 2009, and are sadly still very relevant today: we don’t appear to have taken heed. We NEED to take heed. Because no, it’s not “no big deal, it’s just like getting a beer.” It’s not “a financial transaction”. Nor is it “a bit like going to a public loo.”