Demand fuels sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry.Holding “buyers” of commercial sex accountable reduces sex trafficking. Sweden, Norway, Iceland, France, Canada, Northern Ireland, and Ireland have effectively addressed the demand for commercial sex and sex trafficking by decriminalizing prostituted persons, and criminalizing those who purchase sex.1

As a result, street prostitution and sex trafficking have decreased.Countries that neglect to focus on the demand that fuels sex trafficking, or have legalized the commercial sex industry, have witnessed increased prostitution and greater numbers of trafficked women and girls to fulfill an influx of international sex tourists as well as increased demand locally.12Addressing demand also includes eliminating sex tourism.2 “Sex tourists” are individuals who travel to another country to buy commercial sex or exploit weak legal systems that ignore sexual abuse, especially of girls from poor and marginalized communities. Sex tourists can be both domestic travelers traveling within their own country of residence or they can be international tourists and many of them are situational offenders.

•   16% of men in the U.S. have paid for sex.
•   49.2% of sex buyers in one sample had never discussed their buying of sex with anyone else.

Below identifies the following five reasons men buy sex;


•   Seeking Intimacy
•   Seeking Sex without Intimacy
•   Seeking Variety
•   Thrill-Seeking
•   Pathology

•   Men who were arrested for soliciting prostitutes to a nationally representative sample of men and found:
•   Sex buyers reported higher levels of pornography use, thinking about sex, sexual liberalism, and strip club attendance.

Sex Buying in the Digital World


•   Popular web forum for sex buyers to discuss their experiences with prostitutes. The men:
•   Emphasized paid sexual encounters as being “normal and non deviant” (Meaning conforming to an accepted norm not deviant).
•   Avoided words like “johns” and “trick”
•   Talked about prostituted people as “services or goods rather than human beings”
•   Characteristics of men who use the Internet to buy sexual services. The participants were 584 men who were paying members of TheEroticReview.com.


Milrod & Montro (2012) examined characteristics of men who use the Internet to buy sexual services. The participants were 584 men who were paying members of TheEroticReview.com.

TheEroticReview.com is a website that provides contact information, pricing and services provided for over 75,000 prostituted people, allows sex buyers to leave reviews and provides information on how to meet prostituted individuals and how to avoid getting arrested. It has over one million registered users, 800,000 reviews, and over 250,000 unique users daily.


•   Average age: 49.5 (range: 22-79).
•   Average income: $141,500 (range: $0-300,000).
•   97.3% heterosexual
•   2.7% bisexual
•   66.3% married
•   41.1% had a graduate degree.
•   38% had a college degree.
•   18% had attended some college.
•   2.9% completed high school or a GED.
•   Average age of first contact with a prostitute: 32.2.
•   94.5% had met prostituted people in a hotel or motel.
•   66.3% indicated they had met less than monthly with a prostituted person.
•   24.7% indicated he paid for sex once or twice weekly.
•   45% had been looking for paid sex online for over five years.
 •   72% of respondents indicated they wanted to interact with someone  who “acted like a girlfriend and not like a prostitute”.

Resources:

1 Swedish Ministry of Justice, English summary of the Evaluation of the ban on purchase of sexual services, 1999-2008, (2 July 2010) pp. 34-5, 37.

2 See e.g., Nomi Levenkron, The Legalization of Prostitution: Myth and Reality, The Hotline for Migrant Workers, 2007, pp. 61-3, 68-9.

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