The following is an extract from The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth by Julie Bindel, published by Palgrave Macmillan and out on September 28, 2017. The HIV/AIDS movement is widely understood as one that focuses on civil rights and healthcare for vulnerable groups. The popular perception is that the AIDS movement is made up of human rights campaigners, medical experts and scientists, searching for the best prevention methods and, eventually, a cure.
As the various initiatives to curb demand for commercial sex have forced attention on the purchaser, the pro-sex-work lobby has acquired a new hero. The 'disabled client' (note the gender neutral description) is used to garner support, sympathy and to promote a view of the sex buyer as a nice, deserving individual. It is interesting to explore the type of disability these men are imagined to have by those whose sympathy is being sought.
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