Targeting Demand to End Sex Trafficking

Our Goals

End the trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls

Advocate for legislation that criminalizes the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking, and decriminalizes women in prostitution (Nordic Model)

Campaigns

Global: Elevate the voices of survivors

In partnership with survivors and organizations from 15 countries, we launched Survivor Stories – a yearlong web series featuring first hand narratives from survivors of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

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Brazil: End the sexual exploitation of children

Brazilian officials are taking a more active role in monitoring the Brazilian criminal case that corresponds to our ongoing U.S. civil case on behalf of four girls who were sexually exploited by clients of a U.S. run fishing tour company in Brazil.

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Europe: Adopt the Nordic Model of laws to end sex trafficking

Targeting countries that were in the process of developing prostitution and sex trafficking-related laws/policies, we conducted a strategic campaign to advocate for the Nordic model and for legislation that promotes gender equality.

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United Nations: Listen to survivors - don’t jeopardize efforts to prevent sex trafficking

Equality Now galvanized the abolitionist movement to protest the UN-backed recommendations to decriminalize buying sex, pimping and brothel-keeping.

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USA: Pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act

Equality Now and our partners in the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition and the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) conducted an intensive campaign calling for the passage of the New York Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) to improve protections for children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

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USA: Ensure that the Federal Strategic Action Plan addresses demand and includes survivors' voices

In anticipation of the first ever Federal Strategic Action Plan for Services to Victims of Human Trafficking in the U.S., Equality Now launched a campaign to ensure that the five-year Plan addressed the demand for commercial sex that drives human trafficking, the implementation of existing trafficking laws and included survivors in its development and implementation.

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