DEGRADING reviews of women left of escort websites reveal how some men view them as playthings “to do whatever they want to do with”, according to the head of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork.
In recent weeks, a petition has been circulating online, gathering more than 10,000 signatures, looking for the Department of Justice to shut down websites that allow reviews of prostitution services.
Mary Crilly, the head of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork, said the review websites were “appalling” and disprove the myth that people who use these services are simply looking for company.
“There is still a myth out there that men go there because they are lonely and it doesn’t do anyone any harm.
“People need to realise that these are young vulnerable girls, living in poverty, looking at how they are rated for their bodies, for how they behave and how they do.
“I think it really shows what it is about, it is about power, it is about control, it is about ownership.”
Speaking directly about Escort Ireland, an offshore registered website which advertises prostitution services in Ireland, Ms Crilly said the company care little for the women working for it.
“I think Escort Ireland are just cleaning up, it is just money to them, the girls are just merchandise to them and that is really how it operates.”
“I think calling them sex workers, glamorizes it and it still doesn’t make the industry safe, because it is about abuse.”
“I have read some of the comments over the years and it made me feel so angry about it.
“These comments show that these men don’t see these women as people, as girlfriends, or as anything that is human.
“They see them as something to use and play with and do whatever they want to do with.”
When reached for comment, Escort Ireland said: “Escort-Ireland.com is an advertising platform, not an escort agency. The men and women advertising on Escort-Ireland.com are our advertising customers.
“We do not regard Escort-Ireland.com advertisers as ‘merchandise’. Each person on the website has taken a free and independent, personal, decision on whether they wish advertise and also if they wish to receive reviews.
“Our customers are human beings, entitled to the same rights as everyone else. This includes being able to work within their legal profession and being in control of where and how they choose to advertise.”