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The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 16, 2009
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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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My main concern is that it doesn't get into hard evidence on anything until the last few chapters. If someone's really set on being pro-sex industry they'll read the first few chapters, say to themself "he only looked at a bad subset of johns" and put it down unfinished with their original opinion intact. There are statistics about the prostitutes themselves and the efficacy of different legal approaches to prostitution that make it clear that a significant percentage of johns must be pretty messed up, particularly in the last few chapters, but there's not much about the johns in the first few chapters that can't be dismissed with an "oh, it's just some bad individuals that don't represent all." There have been some studies on the Johns themselves since this book was published that indicate that the men Malarek observed were pretty typical, but obviously those aren't included in this book since the data hadn't been collected yet.
It puts the spotlight on the buyers, which is where it should be, and on the importance of NOT blaming or looking down on the people being bought. If there's no demand, the suppliers will go elsewhere. I'd never really thought about it that way, and had believed the fallacy of legalization as a solution.
It doesn't come across as a guilt-trip book, which is my h appreciated. Informative without blaming the reader for inaction.
The book doesn't offer a solution. I
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