Victim or Villain: The Layers Between the Labels

Deanna Lynn, author of Purchased: Leaving the Sex Trade, offers insights into the experience of recorded prostitution or pornography. Is one who participates in this aspect of the sex industry a ‘victim of human trafficking’ or one who ‘chose to the be there’? Lynn explains with clarity how one can come to be involved in recorded prostitution, the vulnerabilities that are exploited by pimps, producers, and predators (is there any difference?), and the obstacles to leaving the industry. For those who condemn trafficking but find pornography acceptable, Lynn takes apart the myth of ‘consent’ on the part of participants. This is a detailed and valuable look at one aspect of sexual exploitation.

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