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Commercial sexual exploitation

Commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) includes a wide range of often linked sexual activities which (typically) men profit from or buy from women and which objectify and harm women. It includes:

  • Prostitution
  • Phone sex
  • Internet sex/chatrooms
  • Stripping
  • Pole dancing
  • Lap dancing
  • Peep shows
  • Pornography
  • Trafficking
  • Sex tourism
  • Mail order brides

The women involved are very often on low incomes, substance users and victims of other forms of gender based violence.

PKVAWP believes that CSE is a form of violence against women and elements of all abuse physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking are contained in and supported by commercial sexual exploitation.

CSE commodifies women and girls and supports a culture that views women as objects - more a 'sum of body parts' than a whole being. It eroticises men's violence and their perceived 'right to buy' whatever acts they have sexualised.

The vast majority of men who buy sex are in a position to choose - unlike the women and children who are prostituted. We are therefore very concerned at the normalisation of the sex industry and the pressure on men, especially young men, to be consumers within the sex industry.

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