The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It

by Victor Malarek

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Each year, more than 800,000 women and children are lured, tricked, or forced into prostitution to meet an apparently insatiable demand, joining an estimated 10 million women already ensnared in the $20 billion worldwide sex trade. To date, most research on the subject has focused on the various issues that propel these women into the trade, but little has been investigated, or written, about those who trigger the demand—the “Johns.” In this hard- hitting expose´, Victor Malarek ranges worldwide, unmasking the kind of men—and organizations—that foster and drive the sex trade, from America to Europe, Brazil to Thailand, Phnom Penh to St. Petersburg and Costa Rica.

From socioeconomic background to emotional stability, Malarek investigates the root of the cause and attacks the idea that prostitution is a victimless crime. He explores the efficacy of Sweden’s outlawing the buying—rather than the selling—of sex, and its dramatic impact on the country’s prostitution rates. The Johns is a chilling look into a dark corner of the world that these men have created at the expense of countless women and children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628721379
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 48,063
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victor Malarek is a journalist with extensive television and print experience. He is the author of four books, including The Johns and The Natashas. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

1 Welcome to johns world 1

2 Boys will be boys 15

3 Love and marriage 41

4 Single by choice 51

5 I'm just a lonely guy 59

6 The girlfriend experience 69

7 I want it my way 81

8 How do they feel? 93

9 Monster woman! 115

10 Traveling johns 133

11 Predator johns 149

12 The brotherhood of Johns 173

13 Sex education 101 193

14 A gift to Johns 209

15 Charge the Johns 237

16 Back to school 251

17 Get the predator Johns 267

Epilogue 293

Acknowledgments 299

Index 301

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Johns 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
obscuresoul13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book explores the minds of the various types of men who purchase sex. It was definitely a valuable read. It definitely makes one take a deeper look at the world. I like that Victor Malarek also introduces the reality of sex slavery to readers. It was definitely emotionally packed. I strongly recommend this book to conscientious readers.
ruthseeley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a tough book to read and I'd have rated it higher were it not for the far-too-extensive quotes from men who post on bulletin boards about their experiences buying sex and 'the girlfriend experience' (extra charges may apply). It would have benefited from fewer quotes and more summary/analysis. Still, this is an important book. I particularly liked Malarek's challenge to those ex sex-workers who claim they don't get any respect and fight for the rights of prostitutes. His point: all women should have equal rights and equal opportunities, and if they actually did, there isn't a single one who'd willingly become a prostitute, Pretty Woman fantasy notwithstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and very disturbing realities about the topic. I think it's the only one on the johns. Thanks for writing blountly on the demand side of the equation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trisha Baptie, a former prostitute who covered the Robert Pickton trial for a community media, wants to see the end of the demand for paid sex. This is her response to reading The Johns, as published in HERIZONS magazine (Winter 2010): The Johns is an excellent factual book that all must read to understand the thinking that prostitution breeds and encourages. Having heard all of that first-hand, I understood that was what men thought of women. I read this book with my neighbour and she was shocked any man would think that way, the mirror of my shock when I started to reclaim my life finding out most men did NOT think that way. These attitudes are a more concrete form of women hating than the ethereal kind that says we must pay for wanting to work outside of the home and for seeking equality. It is subtle but tells women we must always look our best when we leave the house, be on a permanent diet in that elusive quest to be the thinnest and make sure everything is plucked, waxed, painted, girdled, manicured and on stilettos even while pushing a baby carriage, and if we demand to enter into men's space we will at least present ourselves as they demand. What does it say about women as a gender when men think 'I can just buy one.' As long as we have marginalized women, as long as we have women still fighting for basic human rights and equalities, financial freedom and access to education, I guess most women will get to live in the dark about this level of hate, for the at-risk and in need women will be the buffer zone, as we offer them up to be used by men who pay to rape. Once ALL women are equal, once ALL women have stability, then we can ask "Do any of you want to rent out your vagina as a 'job'?" "Do any of you want to be beat with a cord and anally raped" in order to feed your children, to pay rent, to be able to access what should be rightfully yours to access? Ending the demand for prostitution tells men that their attitude will no longer be allowed to go unchecked, that their quest for orgasm will no longer allow women's equality and freedom to be nothing more than collateral damage in that quest.