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There is an ever-increasing number of initiatives throughout the United States combating demand. A recent landscape analysis by Abt. Associates Inc. found promising demand-reduction practices in the areas of criminal justice, legislative reform, prevention education, and public awareness. As the anti-demand field is relatively new, there is a need for evaluations to assess the effectiveness of programs and policies to ensure evidence-based efforts are bolstered and replicated. However, there is enough research to support immediate action, and the anecdotal evidence of the promising practices found here suggests they are having an impact on the sex trade.

Hold Buyers Accountable

  • Prostituted women are arrested far more often than sex buyers.
  • Men say arrests and jail time, increased fines, and sex offender registries will deter them from purchasing sex.

Criminal Justice Actions

Because criminal justice professionals are at the forefront of interacting with buyers and determining a legal course of action, convincing them to address demand will likely produce the most immediate, visible reduction results.

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Policymakers and public officials have a key role to play in supporting demand-reduction efforts and are instrumental in passing laws and ensuring implementation of new and existing laws that target demand. Although it is already illegal to buy sex (with the exception of a few counties in Nevada), many states have recognized the need for additional legislation to target buyers. Learn more »

Public Education

Public Awareness
Public awareness initiatives are powerful tools for building the political will necessary to advance social change.
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Prevention Education
The best prevention curricula helps ensure men don’t become buyers in the first place.
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