הגארדיאן באמצעות שירות ,הארץ" מדווח על דיונים בקבינט הבריטי להיערך, אולי, להפללה כוללת של הזנות, באמצעות הפיכת הלקוח לעבריין והכללת עסקת הזנות בגדר עבירות המין בכפייה.
זהו צעד חשוב מאד, ואפקטיבי, לבלימת התופעה ההולכת ומציפה של סחר בבני אדם בעולם המערבי, ולמעשה עסקת הזנות היא אכן עבירת אינוס או דומה לה, מצד הלקוח. ההנחה השגויה כאילו זנות היא עיסוק רצוני הנובע מבחירה קורסת לנוכח מבחן המציאות ומחקרים סטטיסטיים.
רוב העוסקות בענף זה עושות זאת מטעמים של אילוץ כלכלי, ואחרות הן נפגעות של עבירות מין בילדות השוקעות במעגל שוטה של ניצול ודימוי עצמי נמוך. רבות הן נרקומניות בכלל, כלומר, פועלות תחת ההתמכרות כדי להשיג מנות סם. למעשה, מעבר לאגדות וסרטים, לא נתקלו רבים בזונה מאושרת העומדת על כך שזו בחירתה.
חשוב גם להתמצא בספרות המקצועית העניפה בתחום זה, שסוקרת את השיטות הפסיכולוגיות ליצור "מסכה של רצון", כך שהשיפחה מדבררת מצג של בחירה כדי להסתיר מציאות של כפיה והתעללות. מנגנון זה דומה מאד לאופן שבו ילדים מסווים מצבים של התעללות קשה על ידי בעלי מרות או בני משפחה, מעין "פיצול אישיות" חלקי.
אני מביאה בו קטע קטן מתוך מחקר כזה, וברשותי חומר נוסף, המתאר את תהליכי השעבוד והפיצול הללו כמעשה מכוון, מסחרי, על ידי סרסורים מתוחכמים. אך במקרים רבים אין צורך בזה, הטראומה המקורית או אילוצי ההשרדות מובילים לשיתוף פעולה הנחזה כרצוני.
אדם "מן הישוב" צריך לשאול עצמו אם הוא היה בוחר בעיסוק הזה באופן רצוני, וכמובן שהקומון סנס, מוליך לתשובה אחת בלבד. הניסיון של צרכנים להציג מציאות רצונית ועליזה של עסקה מרצון הוא רציונאליזציה מובנת, שנועדה לתת לצרכן תחושה שהוא בסדר, ולא להפגיש אותו עם עצמו, אדם הנזקק לכפייה כדי לקבל מעט חום ופורקן מיני. הכחשות דומות ואף חדות יותר, קיימות לרוב אצל פדופילים ומגלי עריות הנתפסים על ידי רשויות החוק. רוב גדול ביניהם משוכנע שהקטין (אפילו תינוקות בני כמה חודשים) רצה ביחסי המין ואף יזם אותם !
והוא נתלה בג'סטות של הקטין, ובכל מיני התנהגויות נואשות מצד הנפגע, (המבקש אולי באמצעים חביבים ותינוקיים להפסיק את ההתעללות כדי לעורר אמפתיה ורחמים אצל המבצע), כדי להחזיק באשליה הזו.
Specific techniques of brainwashing and mind control are used by pimps to establish control, just as they are used by military torturers, government intelligence agencies, and satanic cults for the same purpose. Brainwashing is any systematic effort to instill certain attitudes and beliefs in a person's mind against her will. These attitudes instilled by pimp or torturer are often completely opposed to her previous value system. For example, where she previously thought that sex with anonymous men was repugnant, she is brainwashed into thinking instead that sex with 10 anonymous strangers a day is progressive, "making easy money with what you got," and a way to get ahead in the world.
Some of the brainwashing methods used in any informal or formal system to control people – including systems of prostitution and sex trafficking – are:
1. Social isolation. Women and girls are deliberately kept away from others who might offer them support and assistance. This deliberate isolation is apparent in the locations of thelegal brothels. Women in prostitution are moved constantly from one location to another – not only to escape law enforcement but also to keep them from establishing friendships. One pimp cut off a girl's family support by giving money to her family so that the family then facilitated the pimp;s control by encouraging their daughter to be with the pimp.
2. Sensory deprivation – One woman who was prostituted indescribed being tied up and having water dripped on her forehead as a method of punishment by a gang member who pimped her.
3. Deliberately induced exhaustion and physical debilitation. Pimps may refuse to provide food or water to women as a means of establishing control or as punishment. During large conventions in, women who are transported from other US states or from other countries are expected to service so many men a day that they become severely debilitated and sometimes permanently injured.
4. Threats to oneself and to one's family. In the United States and elsewhere, threats to expose the woman who is prostituting to her family is a common threat. Pimps deliberately exploit the shame associated with prostitution. Stating that she was not the type of pimp who "enforces the rules with a baseball bat," one New York pimp explained that when one of "her girls" failed to show up for work all day, necessitating cancellation of thousands of dollars worth of escort prostitution appointments, she knew how to make the woman "want to commit suicide by the end of the weekend." In one instance, this pimp telephoned the young woman's boyfriend, informing him that his longtime girlfriend was a prostitute, and prepared to send a CD-ROM of pornography of the young woman to her family.
5.Occasional reprieves and indulgences such as vacations or gifts, demonstrations that as in the example below, the pimp is all-powerful, all-knowing and can control her completely. As Jayne fromput it, " the pimp takes them to nice restaurants, lets them go get her nails and feet done, go tanning or to a spa – lets them shop and buy nice things to make them think that he really cares. But all in all she's just spending a small portion of the money she made – on herself, and the only reason he's dong it is because the better she looks the more money she can make for him." He convinces her that he is the only one who cares about her, and that he will take care of her forever.
6. Posturing as omnipotent, knowing everything about the victim, controlling every aspect of her life. As Jayne put it, "the pimp tries to make her feel like he is better than God. He is so superior and has so much knowledge and she should feel lucky just to be on his team, cause he wouldn't have just anyone be with him."
7. Degradation is at the core of the enforced dependency and mind control used by pimps. Women in prostitution are permitted no privacy, no dignity, and no bodily autonomy. The most basic body functions are under the pimp's control. A second method of degradation is mental and verbal abuse. Many have underestimated the extreme harm caused by verbal abuse against those in prostitution. In fact, it is profoundly emotionally debilitating, and is used to create dependence and to enhance the pimp's control. After their stepfathers, uncles and brothers have started the conditioning process, pimps hammer the message at her that she is so worthless, such a filthy 'ho, that no one else would want to be in her presence. Among others, he convinces her that she is incapable of managing her own money, and that he will invest it for her. As Jayne explained it, "he makes her give up total control of herself to the pimp. She can't do nothing or go nowhere without daddy's permission because he has her believing he knows what's best for her and if she doesn't mind him she will get punished and it will be all her fault. He makes her believe that so she will accept her ass-whipping and then get up and go earn some money for daddy to make it up to him for her being bad."
8. Enforcing capricious rules is another way of maintaining absolute power, as in the case of a woman who was required by a pimp to lay down in a particular spot on the floor whenever he commanded, "down!"
There are many additional manipulations and mind-control techniques used by pimps to control women in prostitution. A few others include
Parents as pimps who convinced a woman that she was a worthless mother so that her parents raise the children, thereby receiving welfare payments for the children. These pimp/parents also obtained all of this particular young woman's monies from prostituton in alegal brothel.
Deliberate creation of dissociated parts of the self who prostitute happily and willingly. The non-prostitute self is compartmentalized during prostitution. In some instances specific parts of the body are dissociated for pain control during the brutal assaults on the body that constitute daily experience of prostitution, which is brutal on women's bodies. One young woman who was involved in filmed sadomasochistic prostitution in Las Vegas clubs reported the cameramen's/pimps' use of hypnotic techniques to teach women to tolerate extreme pain; to reach a dissociated, pseudomystically named "subspace." The pimp/pornographers convinced vulnerable young women that they were "bondage sluts" or "porn stars" who demonstrated their strength based on how much violent abuse they could tolerate. Films of men's sadism against women in prostitution were produced at great profit.
Drugging and forced addiction are another effective method of controlling human behavior. Women may be addicted against their will, as in the case of a 14 year old whose face was held into a handful of cocaine. Rohypnol, an odorless drug put into drinks, is used in the recruitment and early phase of prostitution to ensure compliance to the rape/sex of prostitution.
Other pimps deliberately impregnate women for at least two methods of controlling them. First, the adult woman is easier to control via her child. Second, as one pimp told me, by "raising his own ho" he created the most malleable prostitutes, since he was able to control them from birth onwards.
Below is' story about three pimps in a nice neighborhood who each had a different style of pimping. Each of these men had been pimping all of their lives. Nick, Larry, and Weldon are intergenerational pimps: their fathers and uncles were pimps before them. This account is written by , founder of Sex Workers Anonymous in , with editing and comments by Melissa Farley and observations by Harvey Schwartz.