Challenging men’s demand for prostitution – research findings into attitudes of men who buy sex

April 28, 2008

Findings from new research into Scottish men’s demand for prostitution have been published today. The research is a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and the US organisation Prostitute Research and Education.

Full Report: Challenging men’s demand for prostitution

Media Coverage

5 stories in The Daily Record
Sex industry in Scotland: Inside the deluded minds of the punters
Sex industry in Scotland: Name and shame the punters
Sex industry in Scotland: Two ways to end prostitution
Sex industry in Scotland: New laws set to be introduced
Lap dance lies are exposed

There is also a quick vote poll on the Daily Record home page ‘What is the best way to end prostitution?’
As I write this at 5.30pm on 28th April the preliminary results are:-
Arrest hookers – 12.0%
Arrest punters – 35.6%
Reduce poverty – 22.1%
Reduce drug use – 30.3%

1 story in The Herald
‘Prostitute punters more violent’

STV short news report
Survey looks at men’s attitudes to prostitution


Sex Trafficking – A public meeting to raise awareness – Edinburgh, Thursday 13th March 2008

March 10, 2008

What?   A public meeting to raise awareness of sex trafficking

When?    Thursday 13th March, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Where?  University of Edinburgh Appleton Tower, Lecture theatre 2, (near George Square) Edinburgh.
Area Map


Barbara Bryan
–    Law Tutor, University of Edinburgh

Naomi McAuliffe
–    Campaigner for Amnesty International

Gil Paterson MSP
–    Member of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Mens Violence Against Women and Children

Det Superintendent Michael Orr
–    Scottish police spokesperson on Human Trafficking.

£1 Entry, all proceeds go to TARA, the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance.

“Challenging Demand 2” conference in Glasgow, 24th October 2007

September 12, 2007

The Women’s Support Project has been involved in a range of activities relating to challenging the demand from men for commercial sexual exploitation, including:

  • Delivery of training on ‘understanding the harm caused through prostitution’.
  • Hosting screen debates and other public education events.
  • Hosting a conference on ‘Challenging Demand’, held in May 2006.
  • Undertaking research into attitudes of men who buy sex in prostitution.

They are now planning further activities, to continue this important debate.

  • A second ‘Challenging Demand’ conference, to be held on 24th October 2007, will report on the Scottish research into the attitudes of men who buy sex in prostitution, and will highlight pornography as part of the spectrum of commercial sexual exploitation, and a form of gender based violence against women.
  • An anti-pornography training day will be held on 25th October 2007. This day will be aimed at people who are already active in work against violence against women, and who are committed to undertaking public education work on this issue. Places are being offered to each VAW training consortium, as well as to a range of national organisations.

Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, Wheelock College, Boston and Dr Rebecca Whisnant, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Dayton, Ohio, have been invited to speak at the conference, and will be facilitating the training. Both Gail and Rebecca are founder members of the U.S. National Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, and have a number of works published on commercial sexual exploitation, including ‘Pornography: the Production and Consumption of Inequality’, and ‘Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography.

Scottish Women Against Pornography will also be involved. SWAP is the leading Scottish organisation currently challenging pornography, and actively campaigning on a range of issues. SWAP have expertise, skills and in-depth knowledge of how pornography is promoted, marketed and justified as ‘freedom of speech’, fantasy, aid to sexual (read male) fulfillment and also justification for male sexual violence against women, girls and boys. Catherine Harper of SWAP contributed to the Scottish research into attitudes of men who buy sex.

For more information please contact the Women’s Support Project.