*Some names have been changed to protect the safety of the individuals involved. But in a cigarette-scented hotel room near a Chicago airport, more than a dozen men come and go with wet cheeks and quivering lips.
No one had died, no national tragedy had occurred— they had just been caught trying to buy sex.
But some human rights organizations, most recently Amnesty International, advocate for the decriminalization of all aspects of sex work, including buying sex.
While Amnesty International members were considering whether to recommend decriminalizing sex work altogether, I was with a TIME video team on two buyer-focused sex stings in Cook County, Ill.
He cautioned, however, that "not all these paraphilias have necessarily been seen in clinical setups.How all the white male privilege they’ve had us hardwired into since birth, has fucked with our brains.How the entertainment industry rewards men more than anyone else and most men aren’t even that entertaining.Paraphilias are sexual interests in objects, situations, or individuals that are atypical.The American Psychiatric Association, in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition, draws a distinction between paraphilias (which it describes as atypical sexual interests) and paraphilic disorders (which additionally require the experience of distress or impairment in functioning).