I haven't seen the programme, but like most people I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of paedophilia, particularly as a parent.
Originally Posted by CurvaceousKate
However, as with so many topics, sex work included, there is a simplistic rush to judgement on the issue. My dad grew up in an age where homosexuality and paedophilia were commonly conflated. Just a few weeks ago, we had an argument when he stated that ''homosexuals should never be allowed to work with children''. While this can be dismissed as the ramblings of an elderly man, this view was once commonly held and isn't far away from the current, often deliberate, ignorance on sex work.
While in my opinion paedophilia is on a different plane entirely to homosexuality and sex work, in that it involves sex with minors unable to give consent, it's roots and reasons do need to be more clearly understood in the public arena.
2014 in Northern Ireland:
Number of reported attacks on sex workers 70
Number of sex trafficking cases ZERO