Sex buyers are rich, educated and not single – survey claims

first_imgWhatsApp Email Advertisement Previous articleWeekend Munster Rugby FixturesNext articleLIT and Mary I into Fitzgibbon quarter-finals admin NewsLocal NewsSex buyers are rich, educated and not single – survey claimsBy admin – February 12, 2013 566 Linkedincenter_img Print Twitter ONE in four people surveyed who have paid for sex, said they encountered trafficked or controlled women in Ireland. Some said they refused to continue with the transaction as the believed the women were “too young, unhappy, unwilling or intimidated”. Furthermore, the survey carried out by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, says that the majority of men are middle to high earners in society, have third level education and are in long-term relationships if not married. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Being named in the local newspaper if prosecuted for sexual offences ranked as one of the highest rated deterrents to men buying sex. That, and obtaining a criminal record are only surpassed by the fear of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland said: “These findings are an important contribution to the current debate on whether to curb exploitation, abuse and trafficking by targeting the buyers of sex. We have now heard from the buyers themselves that such laws would be a deterrent.”The profile of those who use prostitutes has shown they are most likely to be middle aged men (36% aged 25 and 44, with 48% aged over 45) who have completed third level education (41%) and are earning more than €20,000 (70%) with just over a fifth topping the €40,000 wage bracket (21%). In addition just over half said they were in a relationship.“The majority of buyers had paid for sex when abroad, mostly in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand showing that buyers are attracted to destinations where prostitution has been legalised or is tolerated.”The online survey is part of a Europe wide project, ‘Stop Traffick!’ supported by the EU, and which over a three-month period used social media, websites and chatrooms to invite responses from both Irish sex buyers and those who do not use prostitutes.“We know too that the image of the happy independent hooker which is being portrayed by those opposed to new laws is not the reality. 24% of buyers reconsidered a transaction because they believed the women and girls involved were controlled, unhappy, too young, unwilling or intimidated.“The fact that buyers generally have a higher income, are better educated and in a relationship dispels the myth of prostitution being used by people who are lonely, isolated or insecure.”The survey results will be shared with the Oireachtas Justice Committee as they continue their consultation process into legislation for prostitution.“We hope it will form part of their deliberations as they continue the review of the laws on prostitution”, concluded Ms Charlton.IN NUMBERS411 survey responses,57 men were buyers of sex1 woman admitted paying for sex24% reconsidered the transaction32% feared disease19% feared a criminal conviction17% feared jail time17% feared being named in local newspaper. Facebooklast_img read more

Serena beats Sharapova in French final

first_imgby Steven WinePARIS (AP) — Two hours before her French Open final, Serena Williams practiced on center court, the stands deserted as she whacked one winner after another to the distant sounds of a brass band playing on the plaza.When the music stopped, the seats filled and the match began, Williams went on defense, relentlessly chasing down one shot after another to defeat familiar foil Maria Sharapova. With a 6-4, 6-4 victory, the No. 1-ranked Williams won her first French Open championship since 2002.“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”Then the national anthem played for the first American singles champion at Roland Garros since Williams’ previous title.Williams whacked 10 aces, including three in the final game, and the last came on match point at 123 mph — her hardest serve of the day. She then sank to her knees, screamed at the sky and buried her face in the clay.The victory completed her rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at the French Open a year ago. Since that defeat she’s 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.Both finalists swung with their typical aggressiveness from the baseline, but Williams’ superior serve and defense proved the difference. She silently ran side to side whipping groundstrokes with little apparent strain, while Sharapova often found herself lunging after the ball to stay in the point, with each shot accompanied by her familiar shriek.When Williams once summoned a grunt herself to match Sharapova’s volume and pound a winner, the crowd responded with a laugh.Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros last year, but she’s still looking for a breakthrough against Williams, who has won their past 13 meetings since 2004.“I played a great tournament and I ran into a really tough champion today,” Sharapova said.Lately Williams beats everyone. She extended her career-best winning streak to 31 matches.At 31, she became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.Williams, who has a home in Paris, is already thinking about winning again next year.“I love Paris,” she said. “I spend a lot of time here. I live here. I practice here. I think I am a Parisian.”Williams also congratulated Sharapova during the ceremony. Serena Williams of the U.S. holds the trophy after defeating Russia’s Maria Sharapova in two sets 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)last_img read more