PREVENT SEXUAL EXPLOITATION BY CHALLENGING THE DEMAND
Buying Sex is Not a Sport is a campaign to raise awareness of the harm caused by sexual exploitation, and to reduce demand from men to buy sex.
Prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation are increasingly marketed as entertainment, for example; sex tourism, stag weekends and sporting events. There is some evidence that demand increases at these times, which may increase the risk of exploitation.
It is often argued that no one is harmed by a commercial transaction between consenting adults. The reality is that repeated submission to unwanted sex can have a severe and long lasting impact on the physical and mental health of the women involved. See our MORE INFO page for links to research, faqs and, most importantly, the work of survivors of the sex industry who have shared their experiences.
Women become involved in prostitution for a variety of reasons such as homelessness, child sexual abuse, mental ill health, trauma, previous sexual violence, drug and alcohol misuse, money pressures and poverty. These factors, which serve to lead or force women into prostitution, should not be mistaken for the cause of prostitution itself, which is the demand from men to buy sex - but most men don't buy sex. We need men as partners in challenging demand, raising awareness and speaking out about prostitution and sexual exploitation. You can help – check out theGET ACTIVE page and get involved. If you need inspiration, our MORE INFO page has examples of action and activism by men internationally who are campaigning on these issues.
Prostitution is not inevitable. No one has a human right to have sex when, where and how they choose, regardless of the harm caused to others. Everyone should have the right to live free from abuse and exploitation. We oppose the sex industry – not the women (and men) who are exploited – and those who gain or profit from it.
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