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When those with power introduce a new technology into a system of oppression and exploitation, it enables the powerful to intensify the harm and expand the exploitation. This characterizes what is happening as predators and pimps, who stalk, buy and exploit women and children, have moved to Internet sites and forums for advertising, documenting and engaging in sexual exploitation. Sexual abuse and exploitation are indigenous to all patriarchal cultures, institutions and nations, but the recent, rapid economic and political restructuring in many regions of the world has escalated the trafficking of women and children. There are approximately 200 million people around the world who are forced to live as sexual or economic slaves.1 The widespread political and economic restructuring, referred to as globalization, involves large shifts in wealth, employment and populations in a complex set of processes that is freeing those with power from local and even national regulation and control. Supranational corporations and international banking institutions that are richer and larger than most countries, and organized crime syndicates that are richer and larger than some countries, are setting the pace and are no longer accountable to any national government. In this milieu, women and children are increasingly becoming commodities to be bought, sold and consumed by tourists, military personnel, organized crime rings, traffickers, pimps, and men seeking sexual entertainment or non-threatening marriage partners. The global sexual exploitation of women and children that is accompanying globalization is a human rights disaster. Pino Arlaccki, who heads United Nations efforts to fight organized crime said, "Slavery is one of the most undesirable consequences of globalization." He added, "We regret this is not considered as a priority by any country at the moment.
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Pimps and Predators on the Internet

Globalizing the Sexual Exploitation
of Women and Children



Donna M. Hughes
University of Rhode Island


1999


Table of Contents

Definitions...................................................................................................................................... 3
Sexual exploitation .................................................................................................................................. 3
Pimp ......................................................................................................................................................... 3
Predator.................................................................................................................................................... 3
Internet..................................................................................................................................................... 3
Sex industry.............................................................................................................................................. 3
Introduction................................................................................................................................... 4
Technology, Globalization and Systems of Sexual Exploitation ........................................................... 4
The Report on Pimps and Predators on the Internet ............................................................................. 5
Non-Commercial Use of the Internet for Sexual Exploitation................................................. 6
Predators Report on Their Exploitation of Women and Children......................................................... 6
Predators Take Turns with One Woman .............................................................................................. 11
Predators’ Bad Experiences: Women’s Pain and Suffering................................................................ 12
Predators Enslave Women and Girls .................................................................................................... 12
Predators Buy Children......................................................................................................................... 14
Predators in Strip Clubs ........................................................................................................................ 15
Predators with Cameras ........................................................................................................................ 16
Predators with Hidden Cameras ........................................................................................................... 17
Predators Make and Trade Child Pornography ................................................................................... 19
Orchid Club........................................................................................................................................................22
Wonderland Club ...............................................................................................................................................23
The Netherlands Case ........................................................................................................................................23
German Crackdown on Child Pornography on Usenet Groups .......................................................... 24
Predators Find Children on the Internet .............................................................................................. 24
Interstate Travel by Predators ............................................................................................................................26
International Travel by Predators.......................................................................................................................27
Stings-US Police Undercover Operations Against Predators .............................................................. 27
Avoiding Accountability and Deflecting Blame ...................................................................................30
Commercial Use of the Internet for Sexual Exploitation ....................................................... 33
Growth of the Commercial Sex Industry on the Internet..................................................................... 33
Organized Prostitution Tours................................................................................................................ 35
Alan J. Munn and Pimps ‘R’ Us ........................................................................................................................36
Fiesta! A Tropical Paradise Vacation.................................................................................................................36
The Diamond Market, Pakistan..........................................................................................................................36
Mail-Order-Brides ................................................................................................................................. 37
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Mail-Order-Brides from Africa..........................................................................................................................40
Connection Among Types of Sexual Exploitation................................................................................ 41
Live Videoconferencing-Online Prostitution........................................................................................ 42
Pimps on the Internet ............................................................................................................................ 43
Seth Warshavsky................................................................................................................................................45
Lapis Labs, Tucson, Arizona, USA....................................................................................................................46
KNB Enterprises ................................................................................................................................................47
Danni’s Hard Drive............................................................................................................................................47
Women in the Commercial Internet Sex Industry................................................................................ 47
Other Forms of Violence Against Women on the Internet .................................................................. 48
The Sex Industry and the Internet Industry ............................................................................ 50
Sex Industry and Internet Search Engines........................................................................................... 51
CNET-SNAP......................................................................................................................................................52
Self-Regulation of the Internet .................................................................................................. 54
Internet Meldpunt Kinderporno............................................................................................................ 54
Internet Watch Foundation................................................................................................................... 56
CyberTipline........................................................................................................................................... 57
Zero Tolerance Policy Promised ........................................................................................................... 57
Independent Tiplines and Vigilantes......................................................................................... 58
PedoWatch ............................................................................................................................................. 58
Ethical Hackers Against Pedophilia ..................................................................................................... 59
Se7en – Genuine Hacker Terror ........................................................................................................... 59
Internet Combat Group ......................................................................................................................... 60
Morkhoven ............................................................................................................................................. 61
Globalizing Women’s Rights and Dignity ................................................................................ 62
Resolution: Misuse of the Internet for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation .......................... 64













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Definitions
Sexual exploitation
A practice by which a person achieves sexual gratification, financial gain or advancement
through the abuse or exploitation of a person’s sexuality by abrogating that person’s
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 women’s 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.
Pimp
One who promotes and/or profits from the sale and/or abuse of another person’s 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.
Predator
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
Internet
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
Sex industry
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.
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Introduction

Technology, Globalization and Systems of Sexual Exploitation
When those with power introduce a new technology into a system of oppression and
exploitation, it enables the powerful to intensify the harm and expand the exploitation.
This characterizes what is happening as predators and pimps, who stalk, buy and exploit
women and children, have moved to Internet sites and forums for advertising,
documenting and engaging in sexual exploitation.
Sexual abuse and exploitation are indigenous to all patriarchal cultures, institutions and
nations, but the recent, rapid economic and political restructuring in many regions of the
world has escalated the trafficking of women and children. There are approximately 200
million people around the world who are forced to live as sexual or economic slaves.1
The widespread political and economic restructuring, referred to as globalization,
involves large shifts in wealth, employment and populations in a complex set of
processes that is freeing those with power from local and even national regulation and
control. Supranational corporations and international banking institutions that are richer
and larger than most countries, and organized crime syndicates that are richer and larger
than some countries, are setting the pace and are no longer accountable to any national
government. In this milieu, women and children are increasingly becoming commodities
to be bought, sold and consumed by tourists, military personnel, organized crime rings,
traffickers, pimps, and men seeking sexual entertainment or non-threatening marriage
partners. The global sexual exploitation of women and children that is accompanying
globalization is a human rights disaster. Pino Arlaccki, who heads United Nations efforts
to fight organized crime said, “Slavery is one of the most undesirable consequences of
globalization.” He added, “We regret this is not considered as a priority by any country at
the moment.”2
Accompanying and facilitating globalization is a revolution in communications and
technology. The computer based telecommunications system known as the Internet can
send text, images, audio and video files around the world in milliseconds. Significantly,
the cost of access to this global communications network is within the financial reach of
most people in wealthier nations. Within the last five years this network with its
worldwide audience has been undergoing commercialization. Some of the commodities
are women and children. The Internet has accelerated and deepened the marketing of
women for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
Forums on the Internet have become meeting grounds for pimps selling women,
predators buying women or stalking victims. Web sites and newsgroups have become
show rooms and bragging spaces for every type of violence perpetrated against women
and children.
Like other powerful constituents of globalization, the Internet is almost without any
regulation. Its international reach and new technologies have made local and national
laws and standards either obsolete or unenforceable. Nicholas Negroponte, Director of
the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and founder of Wired
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magazine said, “As we interconnect ourselves, many of the values of a nation-state will
give way to those of both larger and smaller electronic communities.”3 With Internet
technology and communications pimps and predators can access global markets and
unsuspecting victims. Pimps can locate their computer servers in countries with the most
libertarian laws and operate outside the reach of regulations in all other countries.
The Internet allows pimps and predators to create their own culture outside community
standards or interference. The technology of computer based communication also
provides a high degree of privacy and anonymity for men to engage in stalking, viewing
and buying of women and children in acts of sexual exploitation.
The Report on Pimps and Predators on the Internet
This report will examine how men are using the Internet to engage in and promote the
global sexual exploitation of women and children. As a non-commercial communication
medium the Internet is used by predators and amateur pimps to exchange information on
where to go to buy women and girls in prostitution, exchange pornographic images and
videos, and even broadcast in real time the sexual abuse of children. Predators use the
Internet to contact victims and display their abuse of women and children.
Pimps are using the Internet as a commercial venue to advertise and sell several types of
sexual exploitation of women and children. Commercial prostitution tours are advertised
and arranged. Mail-order-brides are displayed and contact information sold to men
seeking wives or sexual partners, followed by “romance tours” to meet women.
Advertisements and sites for pornographic images and videos, strip shows and live sex
shows saturate the web.
This report also documents police efforts to stop predators from using the Internet to
engage in the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. A number of specialized units
have been set up to catch predators of children. In several cases there has been
unparalleled international cooperation among police units to break-up international child
pornography and abuse rings.
The Internet has received so much bad publicity for the amount of illegal and offensive
materials that can be obtained that the Internet industry has responded with efforts at self-
regulation. Several of these self-regulatory programs, their goals and results are reviewed
in this report.
Frustrated by the lack of will or ability of the Internet industry and the police to stop
predator’s use of the Internet for the purposes of sexual abuse, especially child sexual
abuse, vigilante groups have formed to impose their own form of ethics and standards on
the Internet. A few of these groups and their activities are described.
The connection between the sex industry and the Internet industry is examined. The
symbiotic relationship between the two enables us to see that the commodification and
exploitation of women and children is an integral part of globalization.
Finally, the report outlines steps that should be taken by governments and
nongovernmental organizations to confront the sexual exploitation of women and
children in each community and on the Internet.
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Non-Commercial Use of the
Internet for Sexual Exploitation

The Internet and Web, as communication tools, enable men to merge the role of predators
and pimps. They extend their experiences of buying women and children by writing
about it and sharing it with other predators. Texts, images and videos that describe or
show the exploitation or abuse of a woman or child can be shared online with the world.
No longer isolated, men can reach out to find a community of like-minded predators on
the Internet. Through this online community, they can share their experiences and gain
validation for their behavior. They can engage in amateur pimping by advising others on
how and where to prey on women and children all over the world.
Venues on the Internet for reporting and engaging in the non-commercial sexual
exploitation of women and children are newsgroups, web pages, chat rooms and live
video teleconferencing.
Predators Report on Their Exploitation of Women and Children
The oldest forum on the Internet for promoting the sexual exploitation of women and
children is the newsgroup alt.sex.services (renamed alt.sex.prostitution). Its “aim is to
create market transparency for sex related services”
(Atta and M., World Sex Guide,
June 1997). Postings from this newsgroup are archived into a World Wide Web site
called The World Sex Guide, which provides “comprehensive, sex-related information
about every country in the world.”
The guide includes information and advice from men
who have bought women and children on where and how to find and buy prostituted
women and children in seventy countries from seven world regions (Africa, Asia,
Oceania, Europe, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, and South
America). For each country, if known, the age of consent is reported. The slogan of The
World Sex Guide
in 1996 was “Fuckers of the world unite!” It became “Where do you
want to fuck today?”
in 1997; and in 1998, took on the more pretentious title of “A
research project about prostitution worldwide.”
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The World Sex Guide
Where do you want to fuck today?

The men write about their experiences buying women and children in prostitution, often
while they were traveling on business or holiday. Many of the men’s prostitution tour
reports begin like this:
“I have a good knowledge of brothels in Brazil, due to my frequent
journeys during the last 5 years”5

“Having some experience with the scene in New Zealand I would like to
offer the following advice”6

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“Another of my ‘catching up’ reports on present knowledge of hot spots
around the globe, this time from Bristol, England”7

“This three day trip happened in June 1995. On the flight I read all the
information I had printed out from The World Sex Guide-I had a lot of
expectations of the City of Angels [Bangkok]” 8

Details of the men’s reports of their buying
experiences include: information on where to go to
find prostitutes, hotel prices, telephone numbers, taxi
fares, cost of alcohol, the sex acts that can be bought,
the price for each act, and evaluations of the
women’s appearances and performances. One man includes a rating scale on the
likelihood of getting mugged in that neighborhood. The men go on to describe, often in
graphic detail, their experiences of drinking and using women. These are not sexual
fantasies as can be found in other alt.sex newsgroups on the Internet.
In the men’s writings, the women are completely objectified and evaluated on everything
from skin color to presence of scars and firmness of their flesh. Women’s receptiveness
and compliance to men buyers is also rated. The men buying women and posting the
information see and perceive the events only from their self-interested perspective. Their
awareness of racism, colonization, global economic inequalities, and of course, sexism, is
limited to how these forces benefit them. A country’s economic or political crisis and the
accompanying poverty are advantages which produce cheap available women for the men
to buy. Often men describe how desperate the women are and how little the men have to
pay.
For example, although the United States has had a trade embargo against Cuba for 36
years, and the State Department discourages Americans from traveling to Cuba, “some
find the taboo of prohibition alluring,”
and in 1998, 50,000 Americans visited Cuba.9
The following are several excerpts by men who recognize that the women in Cuba are not
engaging in prostitution by choice, but buy them nonetheless and brag to other men about
how inexpensive they were.
Cuba Report These women are not whores by choice, nor are they
doing it just to buy jewelry. Because they are average women caught in
circumstances beyond their control it is all that much easier to fall for
them--and even harbor the idea of marrying one of them and bringing
her back with you. At the same time, a guy with enough hard currency
can have the time of his life in what is probably the most romantic city in
the world. … In ten days I met and entertained five women; four were 18
or 19 years old
.10
Cuba Bits Bring little gifts like panty hose and perfume and you’ll be
treated like a king.11

Prostitution in Cuba Some of the girls never asked for money. Give
them something anyway. Bring SOME OLD CLOTHES. SMALL
PRESENTS are quite welcomed
.12
Men who have bought women and children in prostitution write-up their experiences for
postings on the alt.sex.prostitution newsgroup and its archive The World Sex Guide. They
do not appear to have a commercial interest in the prostitution. They are writing for a
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peer group of men who buy women and girls in prostitution. They share their experiences
and give each other advice and information on where to go to find women and girls and
what they might expect in that particular city or establishment.
The men’s guides include everything from currency exchange rates to how to run a bar
tab. The names, addresses and phone numbers for 150 hotels where men will feel
comfortable are listed.13 All the city sections and their sexual specialties are listed and
described, such as massage parlors, discos, escort services, Japanese clubs, short-time
hotels, and blow job bars. There are detailed descriptions on all of them. At these Web
sites the men present an etiquette and buyer’s guide on how men should behave and
solicit in all of these places. The graphic descriptions of men’s buying experiences are
also a form of pornography on the Internet. The scope and detail of this exchange is
completely unprecedented.
Some of the men posting information on the alt.sex.prostitution newsgroup are quite
straightforward about their misogyny and sadism. Some men claim to “love” prostitutes,
but their words reveal their true hatred of women. The descriptions of the women are
usually callous, with disregard for the women as human beings. To
these men the women are literally sexual objects to be bought for a
few minutes at the cheapest prices they can bargain for. While
listing the prices for services one man says, “The price listed is the
normal price, not the dying-for-some-crack price. If she’s a
substance abuser doesn’t matter, I guess most are
.” One older
woman in Canadian who had lost her teeth was described as “good
for blowjobs
.”14 In Juarez, Mexico the women were described as
mostly pretty ugly.”15 The prices men pay in many cities throughout the world show that
the women must be desperate to engage in these sex acts for so little money and they
cannot be making much money-maybe enough for basic survival.
The following are a few examples of the types of postings men make to
alt.sex.prostitution. Although the postings selected are sexually descriptive, I have not
included material that is highly graphic. I have omitted names of establishments because I
do not want to further advertise places where women and children can be bought.
The following is an example of the advice men give to one another on how to go about
buying a girl or woman in a bar in Bangkok, Thailand. In the following man’s posting, he
mentions that the women in bars are not identified by names, but by numbers pinned to
their skimpy clothes, reducing the woman or girl’s identity to a number. The “tough
boyfriends” referred to are the pimps and bar owners who collect the money from the
women, often giving only a small percent of it to the women.
Thailand Scene “The Procedure [in Bangkok]: This is for the most part
very simple. If you are in a bar and you see a girl that you like, you can
either send for her (they wear numbers), go to her when she is not
dancing or just try and catch her eye. In a crowded bar this last method
often will be unsuccessful. Again many of the girls are very shy and will
not look you in the eye or they will not chance coming over because if
you turn them down they will lose face in front of their friends. But once
you are with them, buy them a cola-$3-4 - they get part of the proceeds
and this will put them in a good mood. Try and get a feeling for their
personality. Most of them will speak very little English beyond “Where

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you from?” “How long you stay in Thailand” “Where you stay?” and of
course they are quite good with amounts. A surprising amount though do
speak decent English as it is taught in a number of their schools and
many have had farang [Western] boyfriends. If you decide that this is the
girl that you want to spend some time with - the negotiations begin. Do
you want “long time” (all night) or “short time” (usually one cum). Do
your best to come to an agreement on price. This can avoid much
aggravation later on. Many of the girls won’t give a price for fear that
you will refuse, so they say “Up to you.” Depending on your generosity
they will later on be satisfied or pissed off. Unless you’re a real cheap
bastard the girls will usually be happy with what you give them. O.K. you
have agreed to leave together and now you find out there is a “bar fine”
- an amount charged by the bar for the girl to leave - usually it ranges
from $12-16, but it keeps going up. Oh well, you’ve come this far so you
pay the bar fine. Now you can either go back to your hotel or one of the
short-time hotels that will be close by. This decision might depend on
how discreet you want to be in bringing a girl back to your hotel. The
short-time hotels are pretty cheap I think - $10 at most - I’ve only used
them twice a long time back. If you go back to your hotel you either have
to check her in with the front desk (and in the top hotels charge another
$20 extra) or in some hotels - my preference - just go up to your room.
Once there, you will both take showers separately and then get down to
business. Only pay as the girl is getting ready to leave. Never pay first.
No girl actually has ever asked me for payment up front. This of course
leaves them open to farangs cheating them by not paying them or paying
less than the agreed upon price. Believe me, I have heard many farangs
boast about this. I think it is a lousy thing to do and these girls will
spread the word as quickly as possible about what you did and you may
find it difficult to get another girl. Also, many of these girls have very
tough boyfriends who will come looking for you.”
16
The following is an excerpt from a man’s report on his prostitution tour to Boca Chica,
Dominican Republic. He describes his use of the World Wide Web search engines to find
a destination for his inexpensive holiday of buying women.

Boca Chica Travel Report “There’s good news in the Caribbean ! Most
of the rumours about Boca Chica are true !! The following is a detailed
report about my trip to Dominican Republic, which I took around
Thanksgiving last year [November, 1995]. I decided I wanted to go on
vacation, but with that decision, there were two things I had to consider:
first, that I didn’t have alot of money to spend on such things, two, that
availability of sex was VERY important !! On the money side, the
Caribbean made sense: It’s close, so it doesn’t cost alot to get there.
With that decision, though, there are alot of islands to choose from !!
That’s when availability of sex came into the picture. I started with doing
a search in Netscape. The two keywords were “SEX+VACATION.” The
results of that search spanned the globe from Thailand to Dominican
Republic, to Amsterdam. After coming across quite a few articles about
Dominican Republic, I bought a couple of books about Dominican
Republic in general: the people, the country, etc. I went to the travel
agent, and got a pretty good deal: $747.00 (all prices are quoted in $US)

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