Commercial Sexual Exploitation  

The sex industry (commercial sexual exploitation) consists of persons who either directly or indirectly provide sex-related products and/or services as a business.  Such business has been deemed as, "adult entertainment."  The industry includes activities involving direct provision of sex-related activities. 

Prostitution, one of the oldest forms of oppression, is the practice of engaging in sexual relations in exchange for payment/or some other benefit. Prostitution is sometimes described as commercial sex and is one of the branches of the sex industry. 


A literal translation therefore is: "to put up front for sale."


Many of these individuals are actually being coerced and therefore, are being exploited.


A vast majority of women in prostitution don’t want to be there. Few seek it out or choose it and most are desperate to leave it. 


By definition one who removes his or her clothing to entice, to allure and to arouse would be called an exotic dancer, the nice or politically correct term for stripper. In the strip club industry, couch and bed dances are common to produce arousal.  Sexual, sensual acts are to entice the person giving funds for arousal. 

              A dancer may at one moment feel she is the 'queen of the universe' when a man tips her a hundred dollars.

The very next moment, she may feel humiliated and violated. 

- Stripped, Inside the Lives of Exotic Daners (Barton, Bernadette). 



Human Sex Trafficking  

Human Sex trafficking involves the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, or obtaining a person for a commercial sex act through use of force, fraud, or coercion (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). It is a crime against humanity. There are an estimated 4.5 million trafficked victims, trapped in the sex industry by force.



  • Sexual exploitation makes up 79% of identified forms of international cross border human trafficking, including prostitution, forced stripping, massage services, and pornography.  -United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, 2009 




Sex trafficking would not exist without the “market” provided by prostitution.


You cannot reach women in the sex industry without reaching victims of sex trafficking. The two are intersected. And while not every woman in the sex industry has been trafficked, victims of sex trafficking end up working in the sex industry. 70% of female trafficking victims are trafficked into the commercial sex industry. 


No one should ever be viewed as a commodity. 

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