BBC Radio 4’s Weekend Woman’s Hour, on right now, had a segment where johns talked about prostitution. One man who used on-street prostitution/was a curb crawler, called it the ‘budget end’ of prostitution, and compared it to a ‘hunt’, and admitted he wasn’t sure if some of the women he’d had sex with were trafficked or not, or were under age or not. Also a man who used the internet to find prostitutes, and insisted all the women he’d had sex with did it because they enjoyed it – but what else is a prostituting woman going to tell him under those circumstances?
All the men had a sense of entitlement, and saw sex as a commodity/service to be payed for one way or another, or as something they ‘needed’. They also saw the exchange of money as making it all ok; one couldn’t understand how it would be possible for him to be prosecuted (even if the law changed to an abolitionist model), because he was paying for a service.