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Primer on the Male Demand for Prostitution

General Material


  • 'This primer was originally developed to assist European anti-trafficking projects in the Baltic States in challenging the legalization and decriminalization of prostitution industries and in focusing on the demand. In this version, it has been adapted for use in a more general context.' (1)
  • Document includes definition of trafficking in persons, information about the Palermo Protocol, and addresses some common questions, myths and misconceptions about trafficking and prostitution
  • For example, article addresses why legalization of prostitution doesn't 'dignify' or erase the stigma of prostitution for men and women involved in the trade, and answers related questions like why legalization of prostitution doesn't end the exploitation of women who have been trafficked
  • Additionally addresses such questions as 'How can the problem of demand be addressed?' (14)