We recommend these books. Each one provides important insights into the realities of prostitution, pornography and the global sex trade, and how we can resist.
Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade
Edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Caroline Norma
This book documents the reality of prostitution through the lived experience of women who have survived it.
Pimp State: Sex, money and the future of equality
by Kat Banyard
Skilfully weaving together first-hand investigation, interviews and the latest research, Pimp State powerfully argues that sex trade myth-makers will find themselves on the wrong side of history.
Being and Being Bought
by Kajsa Ekis Ekman
“This is a riveting analysis of prostitution and surrogacy that shatters the great wall of lies about these two institutions. Brilliantly analyzing the parallels, Kajsa Ekis Ekman wages a multi-pronged attack on sexism and classism that leaves the reader with hope for change.” Melissa Farley, PhD.
Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution
by Rachel Moran
“The best work by anyone on prostitution ever, Rachel Moran’s Paid For fuses the memoirist’s lived poignancy with the philosopher’s conceptual sophistication. The result is riveting, compelling, incontestable. Impossible to put down. This book provides all anyone needs to know about the reality of prostitution in moving, insightful prose that engages and disposes of every argument ever raised in its favor.” Catharine A. MacKinnon
Trafficked: The terrifying story of a British girl forced into the sex trade
by Sophie Haynes 2012
When Sophie Haynes was 24 she went to Italy to visit the man who had become her best friend. They spent an idyllic week together but as she got ready to fly back to England, everything changed. Kas became violent as he told her of his intention to force her into prostitution.
Not a choice, Not a job
by Janice G Raymond
“This book dispels the smoke and mirrors and uncovers the horrific and complex truths of prostitution and the global sex trade. This is a must read for those who want to understand the facts about the harsh realities that so many experience.” Vednita Carter
The Nordic Model
by Trine Rogg Korsvik and Ane Stø
In this book, feminists activists write about their enduring struggle for the abolition of prostitution. The authors offer valuable insights into the movement’s strategies, as well as its allies and opponents. The book unmasks the pro-prostitution lobby and confronts the myth that the Nordic model is harmful to women in prostitution.
Onthe game.ie: Prostitution in Ireland today
by Stephen Rogers
This book explains what has become thousands of men’s most guilty secret. Ireland is a haven for sex at its most seedy.
The Macho Paradox: Why some men hurt women and how all men can help
by Jackson Katz
“With integrity and courage, Jackson Katz has taken his message – that the epidemic of violence against women is a men’s issue – into athletic terms, the military and frat houses across the country. His book explains carefully and convincingly why – and how – men can become part of the solution, and work with women to build a world in which everyone is safer.” Michael Kimmel.
Sex Slaves: The trafficking of women in Asia
by Louise Brown
This book is based on Louise Brown’s own research into the sex trade and the personal testimonies of the girls and women who are forced into prostitution.
Not for Sale: Feminists resisting prostitution and pornography
Edited by Christine Stark and Rebecca Whisnant
This collection of essays connect feminist perspectives on the sex industry with radical critiques of racism, poverty, militarism, and unbridled corporate capitalism, and shows how the harms of prostitution and pornography are amplified by modern technologies.
The Natashas: Inside the new global sex trade
by Victor Malarek
They’re the third most profitable black market commodity, after illegal weapons and drugs. They are women and girls, some as young as 12. They are sold into prostitution and kept enslaved; those who resist are beaten, raped, and sometimes killed as examples. In many cases, the men who should be rescuing them –from immigration officials to police officers and international peacekeepers – are among their aggressors.
The Johns: Sex for sale and the men who buy it
by Victor Malarek
This book dispels the myths that justify prostitution and puts on display the rationales of ordinary johns, their beliefs, their behaviours, and their astounding brotherhood. It also shows us the darker side: the rise of sex tourism, the predators, the role of the Internet. Lambasting the pro-prostitution lobby, he explains why legalising prostitution can lead only to the greater enslavement of women.
The Industrial Vagina
by Sheila Jeffreys
“This is an insightful analysis into the globalization and industrialization of the modern sex industry. Sheila Jeffreys makes the connections between prostitution, marriage, pornography, strip clubs, and sex tourism and how they all combine to exploit women who are most harmed. This book opens a window on global sexual exploitation and the institutions that support it.” Janice G. Raymond
Pornland: How porn has hijacked our sexuality
by Gail Dines
“Dines brilliantly exposes porn’s economics, pervasiveness, and impact with scholarship as impeccable as her tone is reasonable. This book will change your life. Ignore it at your peril.” Robin Morgan
The Idea of Prostitution
by Sheila Jeffreys
This book investigates the claims of the pro-prostitution movement and the burgeoning sex industry, arguing that the sex of prostitution is not just sex; the work of prostitution is not ordinary work; and prostitution is a choice for the men who abuse rather than for the prostituted women.