Unmasked 2: Challenging demand in Scotland Exhibition

Monday, 29 February 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Scottish Parliament Building EH99 1SP Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Unmasked 2: Challenging demand in Scotland Exhibition

The End Prostitution Now Campaign presents “Unmasked” as part of the Audacious Women Festival.  This thought provoking exhibition outlines the realities of prostitution, giving women involved in prostitution a platform to describe their experiences in their words.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the impact of prostitution on the lives of vulnerable women by presenting the real-life views and attitudes of men who use prostitutes. It aims to challenge the assumption that prostitution is harmless.

Unmasked 2 contains two key exhibits:

Memoirs:  A collection of 3 books which are filled with pages of prose using resource material from ‘Punternet’ a Trip-Advisor style website. Memoirs follows the ‘careers’ of 3 men who bought and continue to use women in prostitution. The books which you access after putting on conservation gloves contain prose which  detail their views and their attitudes towards the women they meet.

Inside the Sex Industry: This audio installation introduces you to ‘Cassie’ a woman who speaks out about her experiences of selling sex in Edinburgh. Cassie tells us what it was like for her as a woman inside the sex industry in Edinburgh from saunas, to brothels to escorting. Cassie’s testimony allows you to learn first hand the lack of control, power and the lack of choice facing many women.

Together the exhibit presents a stark juxtaposition between men who buy sex and women in prostitution and invites the listener to think about who has choices, where power sits and challenges the notion that prostitution is a job like any other.

There will be members of the campaign there to answer questions and outline how you could get involved.

We ask for people to book 30 minutes slots in small groups so we can get them into parliament and have time to look through the exhibition.   

This is a free event, but places need to be booked here.