Tips for reporting on Commercial Sexual Exploitation
What is it?
Commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) describes a range of activities which (typically) men pay for or profit from, and which objectify and harm women.
- stripping, pole-dancing and lapdancing
- peep shows
- prostitution, including prostitution via massage parlours/saunas, brothels and escort agencies
- phone sex lines and webcams
- sex tourism
Tips for reporting
- Reporting of commercial sexual exploitation, such as webcams, prostitution or pornography, should include information about dangers and harms.
- Don’t use ‘murdered/dead prostitute’. Regardless of their involvement in selling sex, women who experience men’s violence are women first. Use ‘woman who was (e.g.) raped, murdered’; use the woman’s name where appropriate.
- Focus on the choices of some men to exploit women, not the women’s motivation to be involved in prostitution.
- Women involved in prostitution experience men’s violence. Regardless of any financial transaction, women have a right to withdraw consent. Any sexual activity after the withdrawal of consent is sexual assault or rape