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Spread Magazine 

Via Google's alert system, Issue Number 3 of Spread magazine.

I wonder if they need writers....


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Honest Johns 

From the UK's Independent:

There are two reasons for these results. A charge-free hotline was set up in May by the UN's International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for women to call for help. It is staffed by multi-lingual operators who try to pinpoint where the women are - and then send in the police.

But the second, more unexpected, factor is the chivalry of the Turkish brothel client. Since the hotline started, 74 per cent of tip-offs have come from men: customers who have learned to spot the difference between a professional prostitute, and someone who's been forced into it.

"I've been very surprised," said Marielle Lindstrom, head of the IOM in Turkey. "We haven't noticed this anywhere in Europe. Turkish men seem to have an old-fashioned view of women. They don't mind using prostitutes, but they want the woman to be doing this willingly. If she's found not to be doing it willingly ... it affects their pride."

I don't know if it has to be pride; it could be simple disgust, or outrage, at human slavery; at a human who is not free to choose. What's old-fashioned about that?

It would be nice if we heard such stories from Europe and the Americas, as well.


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