Commercial Sexual Exploitation

ABOUT

Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is defined by NHS Scotland as including “a wide range of often linked sexual activities which (typically) men profit from or buy from women and which objectivity and harm women. It includes prostitution, phone sex, internet sex/chat rooms, stripping, pole dancing, lap dancing, peep shows, pornography, trafficking, sex tourism and mail order brides.

“The women involved are often on low incomes, substance users and victims of other forms of gender-based violence. Based on a lack of alternatives and often on coercion, such activities are rarely a ‘free’ or ‘vocational’ choice.

The Scottish Government includes prostitution, pornography and other forms of involvement in the ‘sex industry’ in its definition of violence against women. It considers that the exploitation of women through these forms of ‘entertainment’ legitimises negative attitudes towards women and is inextricably linked to gender inequality and sexual violence.”
NHS Scotland: Commercial Sexual Exploitation

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Scottish Government has published two reports regarding the issue:

To learn more about CSE, visit: Women’s Support Project

Below are informative articles on CSE and its effects:

The Left’s Love of Prostitution: An Open Letter From Exited Women

Rae Story on neoliberalism, ‘sex work,’ and the ‘middle-classing’ of prostitution

Legalisation has turned Germany into the “Bordello of Europe” and we should be ashamed

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