Commercial Sexual Exploitation includes prostitution, trafficking, pornography, ‘adult entertainment’ such as lapdancing and stripping, ‘mail order’ brides and many other variations. It means making a human being, usually a woman or a child, available for the sexual gratification of another, for profit. Although the sex industry is often glamorised in popular culture, the reality for most women is coercion, violence, poverty and a range of problems from drug abuse to post traumatic stress.
The sex industry also contributes to a culture in which all women and girls are seen as objects for men’s sexual use, and their value is judged on their ability to be sexually attractive. Men, on the other hand, are stereotyped as aggressive sexual predators, and experience pressure to live up to this image. All relations between men and women are damaged by this.
We believe that sexual relations should be based on full and free consent, mutual desire and respect. We believe this is what most women and men want too.
Created in partnership with the Women’s Support Project, the CSE Resource Pack is a comprehensive tool for learning more about the sex industry and challenging the normalisation of sexual exploitation. The first DVD is a short introduction to CSE in Scotland – future instalments are planned and will focus on specific aspects of the sex industry. You can view the DVD and download the resource pack here, or contact us for a free hard copy.
Want to find out more about CSE? Zero Tolerance have produced a briefing on Commercial Sexual Exploitation, including quotes and statistics.