A new study has been released called Men who Buy Sex. Who they buy and what they know by Eaves and Prostitute Research and Education. Based in London, they asked 103 men who used trafficked and non trafficked prostitute women about the sex industry. They were asked about their personal experiences as well as how much they knew about women’s vulnerability to coercion, pimping and trafficking. The study found interesting, and at times frightening, results about how much men know about these issues.
These are key findings relating to trafficking.
Two men said they were asked for help but neither believed the women. An African woman told a man she had been tricked and was scared. The man said that because she accepted his money and had sex with him anyway, he did not believe she was telling the truth.
One man claimed that while in Amsterdam he noticed a ‘tough man’ standing outside the whole time and the woman he was with spoke no English and was under 16. He thought she was Polish, Russian, Albanian or Romanian.
I find it shocking that some men KNOW what’s happening and do nothing about it.
Not only do they NOT contact the police but they still have sex with trafficked girls and women. It is not enough to feel guilty about it afterwards. What they should be doing is telling someone, helping girls who have been taken from their homes, who are being kept against their will; being bought and sold. Suspicion should be enough to report a case, I don’t know what they’re expecting to see as hard evidence, it’s very unlikely they do either. If the same men saw a women being dragged into a back alley, being beaten and raped they would report it, so why not this? Sex with a trafficked woman is the same; she is being raped every time.
The UK government has recently made it illegal to have sex with a trafficked person, a first step to fighting trafficking in the sex industry. It is no longer acceptable for someone to say ‘errr, I didn’t know’ … rape is rape.
Men need to be aware, they need to look at the signs and recognise them. Most importantly, men need to take responsibility and not have sex with trafficked women, but also report the cases to the police. Allowing these women to be abused on a daily basis is not acceptable, and there are ways to fight it from within.