Tuesday, March 18, 2008

US: Spitzer Case Has Americans Talking Johns & Escort Prostitution

SAN FRANCISCO - This time the john is Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer's role as a chronic john who buys women in prostitution is being spun as his personal scandal. The woman he exploited seems almost invisible.

While women in escort prostitution tell us it's a last resort and they want to escape it, Alan Dershowitz, who defends the U.S. government's use of torture, declared that prostitution is "a victimless crime."

Who are the sources of the myth that "prostitution is a victimless crime?" Well, mostly they're johns. They spew out the myths that many people unquestioningly accept as fact: women choose prostitution, they get rich, it's glamorous and it turns women on.

Assuming that men's sexual incontinence is inevitable, johns and their apologists assume prostitution is also inevitable. "I'm here for a purpose. I know what my purpose is. I'm not a ... moron ...," said the woman used by Spitzer in a wiretapped conversation with one of her pimps. Her purpose, one john patiently explained, is "renting an organ for 10 minutes."

Studies of johns in several different countries are now revealing what some have suspected all along: Although they use women under the cover of "gentleman's clubs" or escort agencies, johns are sex predators. They pay extra to "erase the no" in the prostitution transaction. Many enjoy the psychological control of prostitution as much as the sexual domination. Insisting that women are turned on to the sex of prostitution, they at the same time insist that the payment of money removes all ethical responsibility for its psychological harm...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT SFGate.com

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