In this strongly recommended book, Banyard effectively demolishes six myths which defenders of unregulated commercial sexual exploitation of girls and women offer: 1) “Demand for sex work is inevitable; 2) Being paid for sex is regular service work; 3) Porn is fantasy; 4) Objecting to the sex trade makes you a pearl-clutching, sexually conservative prude; 5) Decriminalizing the entire prostitution trade makes women safe; and 6) Resistance is futile.” I add to Banyard’s analysis my views on the following topics: 1) the sexual exploitation of minors as an essential part of the commercial sex industry; 2) recent Canadian experience in adopting the ‘Swedish model’ of criminalizing male clients, but not the women they seek to purchase; and 3) a perspective on the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents from recent work in Bangladesh.
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Bagley, Christopher Adam (2017) "Book Review Essay: Pimp State: Sex, Money, and Equality by Kat Banyard," Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 2: Iss. 2, Article 6. https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2017.02.02.06