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ERIC Number: EJ1010648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Paying for Sex; The Many Obstacles in the Way of Men with Learning Disabilities Using Prostitutes
Jones, Chris
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v41 n2 p121-127 Jun 2013
We live in an increasingly sexualised society, and the buying and selling of sex is a feature of this society. The laws about prostitution are complex, but the act of selling or buying sex is in itself not illegal. The author has extensive clinical experience of hearing the stories of men with learning disabilities who do use commercial sex workers and often come to harm in the process. There are other sex workers who have considerable experience of serving people with disabilities, and to date have generally served people with physical disabilities. Section 39 of the Sexual Offences Act makes it a serious crime for care workers to assist people with learning disabilities to engage with sex workers. It is argued that this is contrary to the spirit of Equal Opportunities for people with learning disabilities and against the move towards personal budgets and the freedom to spend them. This law should be reformed. Prostitution is inherently exploitative of women and reinforces the dominant message that women's bodies exist for men's pleasure. This is not a helpful message for men and women with learning disabilities. However, the opinion of this author is that people with learning disabilities should not be expected to shoulder by default any moral responsibility for changing social attitudes. The extra obstacles in the way of accessing sex workers amount to discrimination, and this is wrong.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom