A practice by which a person achieves sexual gratification, financial gain or
advancement through the abuse or exploitation of a persons sexuality by abrogating
that persons human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental
well-being; i.e. trafficking, prostitution, prostitution tourism, mail-order-bride trade,
pornography, stripping, battering, incest, rape and sexual harassment. Sexual exploitation
preys on women and children made vulnerable by poverty and economic development policies
and practices; refugee and displaced persons; and on women in the migrating process.
Sexual exploitation eroticizes womens inequality and is a vehicle for racism and
"first world" domination, disproportionately victimizing minority and
"third world" women. Sexual exploitation violates the human rights of anyone
subjected to it, whether female or male, adult or child, Northern or Southern.
One who promotes and/or profits from the sale and/or abuse of another
persons body or sexuality for sexual purposes, or the production and/or sale of
images made of that person, e.g. trafficker, pornographer, brothel madam, third party
manager, talent director, mamasan, mail-order bride agent, prostitution tour agent.
One who exploits conditions of inequality to buy and/or abuse for
personal sexual satisfaction those with less power, e.g. john, punter, buyer, client,
customer, trick, pedophile, rapist, sex offender, child molester, pornographer.
A computer based global communication network enabling rapid
transmission of text, images, sound and video, e.g. the net, world wide web, the web,
online, email, chat room, newsgroups.
The collection of legal and illegal businesses and single and multi-party
operations that profit from the sexual exploitation of women, children, and sometimes, men
in trafficking, organized prostitution, and/or pornography; e.g. brothels, massage
parlors, bars, strip clubs, mail-order-bride agencies, prostitution tour agencies,
"adult entertainment," "adult" bookstores, pornographic Web sites.