Contact: NORMA RAMOS, Esq., Co-Executive Director, CATW - (212) 643-9895, firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent revelations that Governor Spitzer regularly arranged to
have a prostituted woman available to him, demonstrate that men who
sexually exploit women come from all walks of life. Even the most
powerful, respected and privileged among us exploit women in this
way. Johns after all are fathers, brothers and sons.
We live in a culture that continues to afford men the privilege of
sexually exploiting girls and women. Until we work to end the
commercial sexual exploitation of girls and women in this country,
we will have a class of women who will be used in this way.
Prostitution is the oldest oppression and a form of violence
against women. The fact that this occurred in a high priced context
does not erase the harm of the commodification of women. Sexual
exploitation has no place in a society that values equality for
girls and women.
We also have to ask the question of why men in our culture
hypocritically support the commercial sexual abuse of women while
publicly supporting equality for women and social