Bringing light to the porn and prostitution industries


This weekend I started reading Victor Malarek’s book, The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade. It is about the 4th wave or explosion of trafficked women from Eastern Europe who are enslaved as sex slaves around the world. Not fun reading but necessary for those interested in understanding the extent and effect of sex trafficking. [WARNING: If you have suffering sexual abuse, you do not need to read this book. It would only add to your trauma. This book is for those who do not know your experience!]

I suspect that this book would be useful for those struggling with temptations to visit massage parlors, prostitutes or view on-line pornography. Each of these illicit sexual encounters is designed to convey the message that the woman wants and enjoys providing the man with pleasure. While I recognize that some individuals pursue bondage and pain oriented pornography, most find coercive imagery counterproductive to their sexual fantasy. Hence, this book would be useful in that it has the capacity to blow up pleasure oriented fantasy. Tempted to look at porn? Recognize that the pictures you find enjoyable are likely made by those exploiting and enslaving women. She may be smiling at you but she may be doing so in order to avoid further torture or death.

The author is correct when he asserts that the sex trade benefits from complicity (using women for one’s own pleasure) and complacency (assuming the women are willing victims). Unfortunately, he has no real answer other than to expose the shame of countries and politicians that turn a blind eye.  

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Filed under Abuse, book reviews, News and politics, pornography, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, prostitution, Sex, suffering

One response to “Bringing light to the porn and prostitution industries

  1. Amy

    Interestingly enough, pop culture has embraced the fight against sex trafficking. Last season, the NBC show “NUMB3RS” (Rob Morrow, David Krumholz, Judd Hirsh) had an episode dealing with the illegal transfer of sex slaves into the country. Lifetime made a movie starring Mira Sorvino and Donald Sutherland as two ICE agents fighting against injustice. “Bones” starring Emily Deschanel took a different spin by investigating the sad world of high class call girls.

    The topic of the sex trade/prositution/trafficking is out there in the spotlight, but for its entertainment and plot value. It seems that it makes a good story, yet people don’t want to change the world. Again, presented as a fictionalized plot, I assume the audience thinks, that is bad, but it doesn’t happen around here and there’s nothing I can do about it. The emergence of social justice tells us differently.

    Thanks for reviewing the book. I probably won’t read it (too graphic), but I am glad you continue to bring this issue before the public eye!

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