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

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“[Malarek’s] call for expansive changes -- target johns, educate boys, address the inequities that force women into prostitution -- should be required reading for anyone serious about protecting women and preserving the dignity of all human relationships, sexual or otherwise.”
? Washington Post

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 CBC's the fifth estate. His investigative reporting has been recognized with four Michener Awards and the Gemini Award for Canada's Top Broadcast Journalist (1997). Malarek has written five non-fiction books: The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade, which has been published in ten countries; 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, Canada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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 provides the cold hard truth about the sex trafficking business. The author provides a lot of interesting first-hand research, real life conversations, disturbing realities, facts, crime statistics, etc. I hope this book opens peoples' eyes to the victims (the women and children) within the sex trade. The real life stories and brutal honesty kept me reading / fascinated; I finished this book in one week.
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This was a very hard-hitting honest look at the views of men who buy women, called "johns," alluding to their anonymity. Malarek didn't have to do a whole lot because the johns did the talking all by themselves, but I can appreciate that he added his personal opinions combined with facts and stories. Even the accounts from prostituted women counted, because they are well aware of what johns think of them. And Malarek didn't just go on message boards, either; he asked johns personally. I think his advantage was in his too being a male, so johns felt comfortable talking to him - I don't know if I'd go so far as to say "relating to him," but the johns' views were common enough that they thought they were normal. Contrary to popular opinion - usually the propaganda spread by johns themselves - they are not lonely men, much less are they just looking for sex. The running thread in all of them was misogyny in various forms: the belief that men need sex, that men want sex more than women, and that women must provide sex for them. One thing I would have liked to have seen explored in a more detail was the approach to decreasing the demand besides the slap-on-the-wrist "john school" (although statistically it did show results).
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