Sick men looking to exploit the coroanvirus pandemic to buy sex from vulnerable women have posted almost 1,600 disgusting adverts on a classified website.
A total of 43 men were found to be looking for street prostitutes, with a number of them trying to take advantage of “cheap and desperate” women thrown into poverty by the Covid-19 pandemic, an investigation by Daily Record has found.
There were grim requests for “young girls”, “rape play” and “damaged” women from the 1,550 men in total, as well as adverts looking for “single mums” or pregnant women who had been impoverished by the pandemic.
The men advertised on Craigslist – a website which carries adverts on everything from garden furniture to hairdressers.
In the posts, the women are dehumanised and treated as sexual objects, referred to as “whes”, “tts” and “greedy b**ches”.
One individual requested sex for sale from “any single mums struggling with this lockdown and coronavirus” and another was trying to find “desperate and cheap” women.
One 41-year-old wrote: “Condom-free is preferred, students and single mums welcome. If you fancy getting pregnant that’s an added bonus. If you are already pregnant that’s cool too.”
Another offered to pay £20 for 30 minutes of sex three times a week, joking about the ongoing pandemic, saying: “I’m not symptomatic. No corona here. I might be horny but I’m not stupid lol.”
The posts, logged from April to November this year and compiled by Daily Record, showed no regard for the Covid-19 pandemic, STIs or the health and well-being of any of the women referred to.
Often the men revelled in their despair and saw them as commodities to “enjoy”.
From July to October, there was a surge in posts sharing tips on women involved in street prostitution in Glasgow – most are too graphic to publish.
Sometimes, the men were looking for specific women, with one trying to find a woman he had paid for before, describing her as “mental and damaged”.
In Scotland, prostitution is recognised as a form of violence against women, so illegal, but paying for sex is not a crime.
The men seemed to be advising one another with one post saying: “Lots of girls desperate on the streets of Glasgow. Some of them are a bit manky and the likes. Anyway just letting you lot know. Doesn’t seem as if a lot of cops about so enjoy.”
Another man wrote: “Troops. I saw quite a few working girls in the city centre. I couldn’t indulge as I had my Mrs with me. Happy hunting.”
Clearly some of the men are married and may have families.
One joked: “Glad to see the drugs didn’t finish them in lockdown.”
Another said: “Thank god the Glasgow prossies are immune to the cold! Seen quite a few over the weekend even when it was freezing.”
The men called for boycotts of sites like Only Fans which gives the women more agency and protection, as well as making them more money.
They said the site limits the number of vulnerable women willing to meet to sell sex.
One angry punter wrote: “If you want to meet girls then you have to stop paying these whores money online now. By buying pics/vids online the wh**es are making so much money they don’t need to meet.”
Another said they should drive down the prices of the “b**ches” on websites and “stop making the girls greedy and give them a reality check”.
In only one week in September, 101 men posted on Craigslist looking for sex.
Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant last night said the adverts demonstrated how men prey on and exploit vulnerable women.
She said: “These adverts and comments show the mindset of men who buy sex. They fully understand that it is vulnerability and desperation that lead women to sell sex – and they exploit that.
“The way they speak about the women they exploit shows no empathy or care. They’re only thinking of their own enjoyment and it would appear they get enjoyment from the vulnerability of those they exploit.”
Ms Grant believes Scotland must criminalise the men perpetuating the sex trade.
She said: “We need legislation that brings these abusers to book and legislation that stops these websites profiting from this trade in human beings.
“It is long past time for Scotland to criminalise the men who feed this trade and by doing so make our country attractive to traffickers, heaping further misery on the women involved. Prostitution and sexual exploitation is violence against women.”