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Description:

Every year, domestic and foreign-born victims are trafficked into local prostitution markets to be sold and exploited.

The trafficking industry flourishes due to the persistent demand for commercial sex.  Robust demand unleashes powerful market forces:  the opportunity for profit ensures a steady supply of pimps and traffickers,and there is no domestic or foreign shortage of women and girls in desperate circumstances who are vulnerable to exploitation.

In the United States, state governments and local authorities have implemented demand-reduction programs like "john schools" and public awareness campaigns illustrating strict penalties for sexual exploitation. In Sweden, a law was passed in 1999 criminalizing the purchase of a sexual service and was the first attempt by a country to address the buyer in the equation.

What is being done to address the consumer side of this human rights issue? This online conference, cosponsored with the Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, focused on the best practices to combat the demand of sex trafficking.

Resources:

General Information on Human Trafficking

City of Atlanta - "Dear John" campaign and video

Atlanta Women's Agenda
     - Study (2005) - Hidden in Plain View:  The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Atlanta (PDF)

Donna Hughes' website at University of Rhode Island - includes publications on trafficking and other resources

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police website

The SAGE Project (Standing Against Global Exploitation)

Shared Hope International - End DEMAND website

1999 Swedish Model Law of Criminalizing the Purchase of Sexual Services

Final Report on the Evaluation of the First Offender Prostitution Program (PDF)

Government

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP)

UNODC Global Programme against Trafficking in Human Beings

The U.S. Department of Justice's Trafficking in Persons hotline: 1.888.428.7581

Academia

The Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University 

Dr. Jay Silverman's report on HIV prevalence in women and girls in India and Nepal

NGOs

National Center of Missing and Exploited Children

End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT)

Equality Now

Maiti Nepal - Nepal

Maiti Nepal - United States

Free the Slaves

International Justice Mission

ECPAT International

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)

Vital Voices, Anti-Trafficking Initiative

The Polaris Project

  • The Polaris Project's National Human Trafficking Resource Center - an HHS-funded program operated by Polaris. This program provides a 24-hour, toll- free hotline for reporting incidents of trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Hotline number is 1-888-373-7888.
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