So who is a bigger problem? Who’s the bad guy? The pimp or the john? I think in terms of business, the demand side of any industry is what keeps it going and what keeps it profitable. We’ve started seeing pimps slowly being held accountable and being prosecuted, but we have so far to go towards seeing johns as a part of the problem. People get that pimps are violent, but the idea that these regular men are villains… These are fathers and brothers and husbands, we know them, we work with them, we go home to them, and yet they’re going out and buying girls and women for sex.
Insightful interview with activist Rachel Lloyd, founder of GEMS, about the harsh reality of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of teenage girls in the US. Important read.