Most trafficking efforts focus on traffickers--fewer on reducing "supply" by improving conditions and protections for women who are coerced and manipulated into commercial sex, and fewer still that focus on demand by sex purchasers. The most effective strategy is a comprehensive one that will address traffickers, supply, and demand. The latter is crucial and most often overlooked, and yet there is a growing number ...more »
What areas, gaps, or needs are not sufficiently addressed by the Plan?
It is important to harness technology when combatting human trafficking, and it should be further incorporated in the Federal Strategic Action Plan. But when technology is used, cross-sector collaboration and expertise must be included in a way that does not create additional harm to victims of trafficking. A variety of experts, including those versed in computer science and cryptography, need to be consulted in the careful ...more »
Usage of the national hotline (888-3737-888) isn't robust across state/federal agency awareness campaigns - there are just too many hotlines. Sometimes a local/state/agency hotline will be listed along with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) and other times only the local/state/agency hotline is used. While the plan speaks to collaboration, it needs to be fleshed out exactly how synergy/data ...more »
As mandated in the TVPRA, conduct large-scale assessment of commercial sex industry to see both its financial scope, its players (including the profiles of johns, pimps, etc.) and how it interacts with demand
As mandated in the TVPRA, G/TIP should include demand reduction efforts in its rankings and narrative in the annual G/TIP report and US Govt assessment
- Why are certain populations like the (poor) so predictably exploited? Besides risk of beatings, abuse, or threats of death: - Is being leveraged for your body the last economic token to play in an otherwise exclusive economies? Combined does this create no-visible-chains-slavery? - Is the entire sex trafficking world an alternate/sub economy? - Are we teaching our children from childhood to calculate most ...more »
Train doctors to identify potential sex buyers. Much like women are routinely asked about violence at home during routine OBGYN visits, a question of whether or not they purchase sex can be asked of men during yearly check-ups. Information about the health risks should be made available, as should resources for counseling. Indicators could be developed, such as a healthy male under the age of 40 asking for Viagra: ...more »
Digital technologies – including the internet, social media, and mobile phones - can be harnessed to increase coordination and collaboration, increase awareness, and connect victims to needed services. Yet tech and data enabled solutions need to be rigorously examined in order to mitigate the unintended consequences of technological interventions in human trafficking. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy ...more »
The TVPA defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in its opinion filed Jan 7, 2013 agreed with the Department of Justice that the TVPA was intended to include the actions of buyers of commercial sex acts. The Department of Justice should publicize this pivotal decision across the ...more »
All Federal Agencies need to effectively engage with survivors in creating awareness tools for the public as well as for their respective agencies. Community outreach would be best conducted by survivors. As survivors, we would like to see more expanded opportunities for us to conduct public awareness and outreach and partner with all Federal Agencies in these efforts.
The terms “evidence” and “evidence-based” appear several times in the document. Two instances (pp. 11 and 41) cite a lack of evidence-based program models for trafficking victims. Before we can being to identify evidence based strategies, we need to know more about the perspective from which victims come; their cultures and the means through which they have not only managed to survive but thrive in the face of numerous ...more »
Publicize and promote federal efforts that are responsible and direct non-professionals interested in the issue of human trafficking to responsible, reality-based, non-sensational information about human trafficking and response nationally and locally. Promote a human rights, victim-centered approach to human trafficking.
Ensure that federal law enforcement and federally-funded local law enforcement efforts dedicate resources to combating all forms of human trafficking. Provide dedicated, consistent, and ongoing training to ensure victim-centered, culturally sensitive response to all victims of human trafficking. Direct performance measures for federal and federally-funded law enforcement response so that all forms and all victims of ...more »
The involvement of survivors of all forms of trafficking, including LGBTSTQ youth and adults, in every aspect of plan implementation – from awareness raising to assessment and evaluation of outreach materials and identification practices, to identification of barriers to housing, immigration benefits, legal services, and medical care, to identification of research priorities - is essential. Mechanisms to ensure involvement ...more »
Local law enforcement needs training and technical assistance from DOJ to reorient focus on the sex buyers. Confronting the demand for commercial sex is the best prevention strategy against sex trafficking. Tags: demand, technical assistance, DOJ If men who buy sex are not help accountable, then sex trafficking will continue unabated. Focusing law enforcement on the johns is a critical element of an anti-trafficking ...more »