General Article Men who buy sex

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This report has included details of the often significant knowledge held by buyers about women in prostitution, and their frank discussions of their experiences buying sex. Following are some highlights of findings from this report.


1. 55% of 103 London men who bought sex believed that a majority of people in prostitution were lured, tricked or trafficked.

Information and explanation of the newly introduced legislation on demand, which makes it an offence to purchase sex from someone who has been subjected to exploitation (Policing and Crime Act, 2009), should be part of public awareness campaigns aimed at reducing or eliminating men’s demand for prostitution. The law and the potential consequences of paying for sex need to be explained to current and potential buyers. In addition, general public awareness of men’s knowledge about trafficking and coercion in the sex industry is important.


2. Today, prostitution has

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