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As possibly the two sectors to which the general public looks to most as moral standard-bearers, encourage partnerships between faith-based groups and law enforcement in shifting cultural norms, especially around purchasing sex and supporting survivors. Such collaboration exists in Harris County, Houston, TX between Harris County Sheriff's Dept. and Free the Captives. CAASE has toolkits for religious leaders about ...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
Sex tourists usually have more assetts to seize and distribute to victim/survivor services.
Campaigns with airlines, hotels, etc. should be launched/increased: prioritizing highest-ranked destination countries. Buyers should be warned specifically of the consequences they can face. Customs officials should be trainined to identify potential sex buyers.
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
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 »
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.
This White House strategy will achieve NOTHING unless the root cause of sex trafficking is addressed: the demand for commercial sex. I urge President Obama and other leaders (especially the males) in the Administration to make a public statement about the demand for commercial sex and the role buyers of sex play in perpetuating a destructive industry. Sadly, nothing about demand was mentioned in his CGI address. Demand ...more »
Data collected on human trafficking should include sex buyers. DOJ should develop standards and work with local law enforcement for data collection that includes differentiation between those arrested for buying sex, selling sex, pandering, etc. instead of having it simply be lumped under "prostitution (soliciting, etc.). FBI Uniform Crime Report should also differentiate between buying, selling, etc.
Instead of constantly putting the burden on victims/survivors of sex trafficking to testify against their pimps/traffickers, have sex buyers testify and provide information. The 'high-frequency' users especially know more about the criminal networks than police and prosecutors may believe.
This is an approach that Massachusetts State Police and others around the country are using with increasing frequency.
As the lack of funding for survivor services is always first and foremost in the list of obstacles, develop programs and policies to have sex buyers fees and fines go to survivors. Sex buyer education programs ("john schools") can be set up in a way (as it is in San Francisco and Nashville) to provide a steady stream of revenue for survivor programs AND partner law enforcement agencies. Fees can be collected on a sliding ...more »
There's a growing body of reaserch and mounting anecdotal evidence that demand reduction tactics are effective in deterring men from buying sex (and therefore effective in preventing sex trafficking). Sex buyers themselves have noted a variety of tactics that would deter them, including the threat of arrest, higher criminal penalities, being placed on a sex offender registry, having their car impounded, having a letter ...more »
We need a cultural shift to one where buying a human being is no longer tolerated, and is recognized for what it is: violence against women. Buyers and the general public need to understand the role they play in fueling sex trafficking and other forms of prostitution. Messages debunking the myths about prostitution (victimless crime, consenting adults) and geared toward the sex buyers can simultaneously send them a ...more »