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Slsa 2006

  1. 1. Cyberwhores & Cyber-rent: Who pays the price? Chris Ashford Senior Lecturer in Law University of Sunderland
  2. 2. Context <ul><li>C. 80,000 involved in prostitution (Home office, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Rise in the number of websites dedicated to a varying forms of prostitution (Sharp and Earle, 2003, p37). </li></ul><ul><li>‘ spin off industries’ e.g. http:// </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Paying the Price – July 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>‘A Coordinated Prostitution Strategy and A Summary of Responses to Paying the Price, Jan 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on ‘exploitation’ </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on ‘street prostitution’ </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledged internet plays a part (2004 pg 15) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Government Identified problems of a ‘sex trade’ (2004, pg 17) <ul><li>the nuisance caused to neighbourhoods through noise, litter and harassment </li></ul><ul><li>the impact on the neighbourhood in terms of undermining economic regeneration and neighbourhood renewal </li></ul><ul><li>the advertising of prostitution, particularly through soliciting on the street and </li></ul><ul><li>the use of prostitutes’ cards </li></ul><ul><li>the spread of sexually and drug transmitted infections </li></ul><ul><li>increasing use of the internet as a grooming/advertising medium </li></ul><ul><li>links with drug abuse / markets </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>links with criminality, including robbery </li></ul><ul><li>related violence, including serious assaults against those involved in prostitution </li></ul><ul><li>the increasing stigmatisation and social exclusion of those involved in prostitution </li></ul><ul><li>the abuse of children through prostitution </li></ul><ul><li>the impact on their families </li></ul><ul><li>people trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation </li></ul><ul><li>the effect on the attitudes of men to women, and on gender equality more generally. </li></ul>
  6. 6. McKeganey and Barnard (1996) (p50) <ul><li>capacity to specify particular acts they wished to perform, or have performed on them; </li></ul><ul><li>capacity to have sex with a range of different women; </li></ul><ul><li>ability to seek out women with specific physical attributes or displaying particular images; </li></ul><ul><li>thrill of doing something that was socially frowned upon and the limited and unemotional nature of the contact with the prostitute </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>‘Anal, I’ve only done that once with a prostitute, but it’s perhaps more difficult to ask a girlfriend to do. Also I quite enjoy dressing up in ladies underwear which again I would not ask a partner to do.’ (1996, p 51) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sheffield case: <ul><li>‘ Hi All, I watched a few of the Gag Factor movies the other day, pretty strong stuff! Visit xxxxxx for an idea of what these sort of films are about. Basically they are oral only films where the girl gets done in the mouth until she starts gagging and spitting up saliva. Its pretty hardcore stuff but seems to be popular even in the UK with websites like xxxxxx being setup. There doesnt seem to be a great deal of girls offering this kind of service in the UK. I understand that its a very submissive act but can any of the girls here shed light on why not many offer this. Is it the submissive/degrading element, or is it just that its not catching on as much as it seems. Or am I just a little too perverted?? I've not had any luck finding girls willing anyway.’ </li></ul><ul><li>(mrbest42) March 5 2006 (accessed 23/3/06) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Mark Oaten Affair <ul><li>Lib Dem Shadow Spokesman of Home Affairs </li></ul><ul><li>Gaydar Phenomenon </li></ul>