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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: 1.1 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,589 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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Disturbing but excellent, this book was well-written and eye-opening.
beth tusch
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.
Donna Cuin
Read the book, get educated, get motivated and be fanatical about changing the world you live in!
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26 of 29 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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13 of 14 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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13 of 16 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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7 of 9 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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7 of 10 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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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ray VINE VOICE on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have very mixed feelings about The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It. On one hand, the author has clearly spent a significant amount of time investigating human trafficking and the abuse of children domestically and abroad, and I applaud his efforts to raise awareness of these tragedies. Unfortunately this makes the title of his book somewhat misleading, as the focus is almost exclusively on the men who subsidize these types of activities as consumers. There are already a number of books that focus on these men (such as Travels in the Skin Trade: Tourism and the Sex Industry by Jeremy Seabrook), so I was hoping that this book would also discuss johns who patronize expensive escorts, legal brothels in Nevada, etc. There are mentions, but they are brief.

The intentions of the author are noble, but by demonizing all pornography and prostitution he over-simplifies a complicated issue. He dismisses the "happy hookers" who attest to entering the profession willingly and call for legalization and regulation as either not representative of most women in the profession, or puppets for pimps and mobsters. By disregarding the opinions and experiences of these women isn't he in a way disrespecting them, albeit in a well-intentioned way?

There is a lot of good information on the dark side of prostitution here, and much to enrage the reader. I wish the book would have had a broader focus though.
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