U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Approves Sex Trafficking Resolution with Strong Demand Provisions

Mayors from major US cities across the country, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and New York, came together to advocate for demand reduction tactics as an effective way to end commercial sexual exploitation. Over 270 mayors present at the 83rd Annual Conference of Mayors in San Francisco voted to pass the resolution, which specifically […]

CEASE Cities Spur Awareness and Action

Just a few months after joining the CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Network, Boston is already being recognized for its effort to end sex-buying by focusing on buyers. Calling on the city to use its Olympic bid to tackle trafficking locally, a Boston Globe editorial commends Mayor Walsh for targeting johns.

Obama signs JVTA—Buyers beware

After near unanimous passage by the US Senate and House of Representatives, President Obama quickly signed into law the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, the first comprehensive bill to address the domestic trafficking of American citizens.

Northern Ireland takes a strong stance against sex buying

Sex buyers in Northern Ireland beware—today if you buy sex, you’ll face a fine or up to a year in jail under a new law criminalizing sex buying. The country is the first in the UK to make paying for sex a crime, joining a growing movement worldwide to target the demand for illegal commercial […]

Jimmy Carter Joins Battle Against Sex-Buying

The campaign against sex-buying has a new champion. Former President Jimmy Carter has thrown his moral weight — and the organizational muscle of his Carter Center — behind the growing national movement to fight sexual exploitation by focusing on the buyers.

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Deconstructing Demand

Giving 14 salient reasons, Ambassador Swanee Hunt makes the case against purchasing women and girls for sexual gratification. Learn more »

Understanding Buyers

We must understand the attitudes, backgrounds, and behaviors that prevent some men but allow others to buy sex. Learn more »

Eliminating Demand

A number of successful initiatives, from "john" school to neighborhood action, are combating demand across the country. Learn more »