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The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It Hardcover – April 16, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; First Edition edition (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559708905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559708906
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“?a first, crucial, long-overdue look at a global secret: the identities of customers who make sex trafficking profitable. Read it, week, and begin to humanize the idea that ‘masculinity’ requires dominance and humiliation.“?Gloria Steinem

“?it’s not easy reading about men behaving badly. But it is worthwhile. However depressing.“?Winnipeg Free Press

Praise for The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade

“The Natashas is a hard-hitting, well-researched account of the global sex trade, and Malarek is clearly a journalist with a mission.“?The National Post

“Required reading.“?New York Post

“Impassioned...? An intensely affecting read... He exposes the corruption and disinterest that runs up the law-enforcement ladder, and the racism that allows it to persist.“?Chicago Sun-Times

“Visceral... A must-read... Heartbreaking.“?Detroit Free Press

“Graphic... A scathing indictment.“?Kirkus Reviews

“Wrenching...A powerful and compelling work.“?Florida Sun-Sentinel

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About the Author

Award-winning journalist Victor Malarek is a senior reporter for CTV’s W-FIVE. During his thirty-year career, he has worked for The Globe and Mail and the CBC’s the fifth estate. He has written five non-fiction books: The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade; Gut Instinct: The Making of an Investigative Reporter; Merchants of Misery; Haven’s Gate: Canada’s Immigration Fiasco, and Hey...Malarek!?He lives in toronto.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Anderson on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was a little worried this book might be a little too prurient. It actually turned out to be rather serious, and definitely very hard-hitting.

Unlike most books on prostitution, this one focuses on the other side of the equation - the men who purchase sex. Two things really struck me about these men. One, they seemed to have a lot of anger and resentment toward women, and expressed a real need for control over them. Second, they operate very strongly in denial.

As an example of the latter is the idea that prostitution is a victimless crime. Malarek does a good job pointing out that this is rarely the case - whether talking about children, drug users, abuse victims, trafficking victims, etc.

Being a good journalist, Malarek does provide plenty of stories (right down to trying to purchase some girls in Costa Rica himself), but also provides analysis and a surprising amount of passion too.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Miller on May 2, 2012
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"The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It" is not a book very many people would want to read, especially women who are involved with a man. Before I ordered the book, which I almost did not, I expected it to be filled with excuses for why men choose to buy sex. Author Victor Malarek reveals the absurdity of some of the excuses men use, and uncovers the reasons for why they buy women and children for sexual gratification or perversion.
The interviews are raw, hard, and sometimes almost inhumane; but, inhumanity is at the core of the sex-trade. Most, if not all of the men interviewed for this book were found on a particular website which serves as a kind of guide book for johns. The mongers, a term used to self-identify within this culture of men, often use the traditional and socially accepted reasons for what they do (my wife is fat; my wife doesn't enjoy sex, etc.). Almost every one of them de-humizes the woman or child they used for sexual pleasure and see nothing wrong in what they did.
Victor Malarek earned my respect by taking on such a taboo subject. As a single woman who was pimped out on the streets for six years I can say I know many of the men represented in this book. This book was not written to bash men by some man-hater. This book was written, by a man, for society to take a look at the reason for which the sex-trade exists, because men buy sex.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kitty K on May 17, 2009
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A must read for men, especially fathers, who feel that prostitution is a 'victim-less' crime.

This book describes how millions of men, around the globe, are buying sex from teenagers. Organized crime recieves the dollars, not the young girls who are often-time held captive and forced to service 10-20 men a day, every day.

It's time for us all to stop looking the other way.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Higdon on June 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I attended a UN meeting where the author talked about his book. This is not so much a review but a plea. After a standing applause for his review of the book I asked, "how's it going with men's organizations?". His response, "rarely do I ever get invited". And no surprise why! There must be men's book clubs, organizations, or networks that can help spread the word out there. Please, men, consider making this required reading or invite the author. His work is so very needed as are you.
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This book is well researched and clearly written. Everyone who wants to make a difference in this world should read it. Educate yourself about something that is destroying our culture. Anyone who believes that prostitution is a victimless crime or that it is the oldest "profession" in the world needs to read this book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donna Cuin on December 1, 2009
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The subject matter of this book is quite disturbing but the author has done an excellent job of stepping inside the world of Johns and researching their thought processes and actions - in their own words in many cases. He even traveled to several sites around the world seen as sexual vacation locations by Johns and promoted on the worldwide tourims venues as sex tourism locations. Anyone with a conscience and awareness of human trafficking for the sex trade and those who are sheltered from this topic should give this book a read. This book tells the ugly truth about men who pay for sex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aileen Tullis on July 30, 2013
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This book is given to our new Community Ambassadors for Unchainedmovement.org
It helps them understand what it is they will be educating the communities on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gmarie84 on November 13, 2013
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Amazing insight into this side of the issue...Highlights the demand side of exploitation that is often times ignored or overlooked.
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