From a guest post on forbes.com by Sarah Godoy, an anti-trafficking researcher and Professor at UCLA:
Public discourse condemning commercial sexual exploitation has largely focused on traffickers, with significantly less attention and accountability placed on the conduct of sex purchasers. Federal legislation, specifically the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, positions traffickers and sex purchasers as equally culpable. Sex purchasers, however, are rarely penalized or even addressed as exploitative, as evidenced by the countless euphemisms, like “Johns” and “hobbyist,” that reinforce an indifference — and almost benevolence — to their behaviors.
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