Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation

Demand Abolition’s CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) was a collaboration of twelve pioneering cities — each committed to ending the demand for sexual exploitation within prostitution.

No buyers, no business.

CEASE Network’s holistic approach involved people from multiple sectors of the local community, including survivor leaders, law enforcement professionals, and policymakers. After six years of experimenting, our direct oversight has ended. Now the cities are collaborating informally as they implement their tactics to combat demand for illegal sex.

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How Do We Reduce Demand?

Hold Buyers Accountable

Deter Potential Buyers

Engage Allies and Public Institutions

Successes

More Than 8,000 Sex Buyers Arrested in Growing Movement to End Demand

More Than 8,000 Sex Buyers Arrested in Growing Movement to End Demand

After 15 stings, more than 100 jurisdictions have participated in the National John Suppression Initiative, leading to the arrests of 8,280 sex buyers.

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How to Scare a Predator

How to Scare a Predator

Shane Downing writes about sex buyer deterrence and accountability for The Chronicle of Social Change.

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California Law Enforcement Empowered to Impound Sex Buyers’ Cars

California Law Enforcement Empowered to Impound Sex Buyers’ Cars

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will deter sex buyers by allowing law enforcement officers to impound their cars.

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