Stags and Bucks are Animals

Stag rut  It's the last hurrah… the final fling for freedom… the last gulp of air before taking the plunge. And it's turned into a lucrative business of slavery.

Other than the stupidity men and women get up to at stag and stagette parties, tradition now dictates that illicit sexual activity must be a part of not only a night of craziness, but whole entire weekends. Strippers, exotic dancers, prostitutes… call them what you will, but men have this peculiar notion that in celebration of their nuptials, they can take advantage of sex-for-cash as a significant rite of passage into monogamy (supposedly).

Hey! Raise a glass! Marriage is a celebration! Cheers!

Paintball each other stupid.

Bungee-jump from jet.

Go swimming with Great White Sharks.

I would appeal to all people that the disgusting 'tradition' of exploiting men and women sexually for your own good time needs to end. Lives are at stake — those who are being trafficked and forced to perform for you, and your own life… starting marriage with a fling with a girl bought from Ukraine. Not a solid foundation. Stags and the bucks you use to pay for them are animals… not people.

See what the BBC has to say:

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Stag parties 'fuel sex trafficking'


By Simon Boazman



BBC News

Strip club in Amsterdam

Visiting a prostitute has become part of many stag weekends

Prague, Amsterdam, Riga, Krakow, they have all become popular
destinations for the British stag party industry. But some of the
estimated £500m spent each year is also finding its way to criminal
gangs trafficking women for the sex trade.

The British stag
party has changed in the past 10 years. The drink down the pub with dad
or your mates is gone. It has been replaced with three or four nights
in a foreign city, far from prying eyes and geared to meet the stag
party's every desire.

And that is often much more than a visit
to a strip club. For a large number of stags, visiting a prostitute has
also become part of the ultimate lads' weekend.

Prague has 70
brothels and numerous strip clubs. It is not hard to find some of the
half a million stag visitors, many British, that the Prague tourist
board say visit every year. I found them at every sex establishment I
went to.

There was a strip party bus, lap-dancing, and even a
brothel that offers free sex provided you agree to be filmed. And many
of the British stag groups had at least some, if not all, members
buying sexual services.

A local charity worker was in no doubt
that British stag parties coming to Prague had increased local demand
for sexual services.

"If a British stag sleeps with women in a
brothel or sleeps with her on the streets it could be a women brought…
because of the sex industry, to be trafficked there from any part of
the world."

Criminal gangs

The Czech Republic has
long been a transit point for the trafficking of women in and out, and
I wanted to find out how easy it would be to buy trafficked women for
the sex trade.

Through contacts in the criminal underworld, we
managed to arrange an undercover meeting with a trafficker. Posing as a
London brothel owner, I arranged to meet him at a motorway service
station.

As I secretly filmed our meeting, it became clear how straightforward the deal would be.

"I
have two girls here for you now. That I can give to you. They have
papers, they can travel you know, no criminal record, anything," he
told me.

In the world of international sex trafficking, the leasing of girls has become common and it is big business.

"One
girl makes me 90,000 krona (3,500 euros, £3,119) a month – around
50,000 euros (£44,561) a year. You give me 3,500 euros per month and I
will come and visit you every month in England and collect the money
every month."

The meeting lasted 20 minutes, and I could have bought two women.

Back alley

In
the Latvian capital Riga, brothels are illegal, so the sex industry is
more discreet with back-street brothels and street workers.

One British man told me about a "back alley basement place" his group had visited.

Like
almost all the Brits I met, he did not want to tell me his name or be
identified, admitting they were doing things they would not dream of
doing at home.

But he said they had been shown a group of girls and he thought they were probably trafficked.

Housing estate in Lunik 9

Sex traffickers look to areas stricken with poverty to exploit victims

"They stood against the wall with a lack of soul, a dead look on
their faces, which suggested that they weren't necessarily there out of
their own free will.

"My initial feeling was they had just been
brought out of the cupboard and they've just been released from the
shackles and marched out to then have an hour with someone."

He told me half the group had seen enough at that point and left. The other half stayed.

Poverty and desperation

Far from the bright lights of the stag cities is Lunik 9, a decrepit crumbling estate in the Slovakian city of Kosice.

The
centre wells of the tower blocks are six metres (20ft) deep with
rubbish, the windows of the apartments have long since vanished and
sewage runs down the walls and through the streets.

It really
has to be seen and smelt to be believed, and it is here, amid this
poverty and desperation, that sex traffickers look for and then exploit
their victims.

Yana was only 17 when she left Slovakia with a man she thought was her boyfriend, to start a new life in Amsterdam.

When she arrived, she found she would not be leading the life that she dreamed of.

Unknown to her, her boyfriend had sold her to brothel owners.

"He
led me to a space where there were a couple of men who were saying that
I was beautiful, that I was sexy and they were basically saying that
she is here for us, this is what we want her to do… They tore apart my
clothes and they raped me."

Yana provides a tragic and deeply emotional testimony of being raped daily and pushed to the brink of suicide.

It is a story that every stag should hear.

Yana finally escaped after a year trapped in Amsterdam.

Using prostitutes

Tibor, another sex trafficker from Slovakia but working in the Czech Republic, agreed to be interviewed about his operation.

Tibor

It is just a regular job where you go to work and you go home at the end of the day
Tibor, sex trafficker

It was not his openness that stunned me but his cold, detached attitude.

I asked if he viewed the trafficked girls as his employees.

"More like things that I own," he said.

He
said he felt no guilt about making money from people who were trapped.
"It's just a regular job where you go to work and you go home at the
end of the day."

Amsterdam

It is estimated that
more than 3 million British people go on stag and hen parties each
year, with more than 70% of them going overseas.

Amsterdam is
the most popular British stag party venue. The local sex industry
largely depends on foreign women from poorer countries.

There were nearly 500 women rescued last year according to Dutch police.

"Each year we have more cases," I was told by a policeman who runs an undercover team that infiltrates trafficking gangs.

The industry is worth "millions of euros", he said. "The recruiters are
getting money, the transporters are getting money, the exploiters are
getting that money."

"Only the girls will get nothing," he adds.


I
disagree with it, but… you can't do anything about it. You're just
here to have fun, and do things you won't get away with back home."

British stag weekender

In an attempt to make the area easier to police, the local
authorities are forcibly buying up nearly half of the 482 brothels in
the red light district and closing them down.

But it is not difficult to find a British stag weekender, a bright young man who had admitted to using a prostitute.

I told him that many prostitutes in Amsterdam had been trafficked.

"I
don't agree with that, I think it's awful," he said, but admitted it
probably would not stop him using a prostitute again that night.

"I
disagree with it, but at the end of the day it's just what happens,
like. You can't do anything about it. You're just here to have fun, and
do things you won't get away with back home."

Simon Boazman reports in
Stag Weekends: The Dirty Secrets
on BBC Three on Thursday 14 January at 2100GMT or afterwards via the
BBC iPlayer
.

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