From back alleys to Backpage.com, suburbs to cyber sites, human beings—especially women and girls—are bought and sold for sex. No matter the medium, there’s one constant—rampant demand.
Demand Abolition is eradicating the illegal commercial sex industry in the US—and, by extension, the world—by combating the demand for purchased sex. The most efficient approach to ending sexual exploitation is targeting sex buyers: when they stop buying, the entire system of degradation collapses.
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Buyers of sex are increasingly becoming the target of law enforcement efforts to end prostitution and sex trafficking. Police recognize that sex buyers perpetuate a violent, exploitative industry. If no one were buying sex, pimps would not be supplying bars, back alleys, and websites with victims.
Under the leadership of Sheriff Dart, Cook County (IL) Sheriff’s Office has organized eight “National Day of Johns Arrests.” The most recent sting ran for 18 days, from July 17 through August 3. 28 law enforcement agencies in 14 states simultaneously conducted sting activities on the streets, in hotels, in brothels, via the internet, and elsewhere.
Public awareness around the operation was made possible by a grant from Demand Abolition. This includes the replication of more than 4,000 “Johns School” DVDs for distribution to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Produced by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, these DVDs provide an overview of content found in first offender prostitution programs, or “john schools.” As in the classes, the DVD aims to deter men from purchasing sex by educating them about the harms and consequences of prostitution on themselves, on the people they purchase, and on the community.
Demand Abolition did not fund, nor was involved in, the logistics of the police operations.
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Cook County Sheriff’s Office (IL)
Aurora Police Department (IL)
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (TX)
Boston Police Department (MA)
Chandler Police Department (AZ)
Cincinnati Police Department (OH)
Dallas Police Department (TX)
Dayton Police Department (OH)
Denver Police Department (CO)
Elgin Police Department (IL)
Gary Police Department (IN)
Gerald D. Vick Human Trafficking Taskforce (MN)
Glendale Police Department (AZ)
Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (SC)
Harris County Sheriff’s Office (TX)
Hennipen County Sheriff’s Office (MN)
Houston Police Department (TX)
Indianapolis Metro Police (IN)
Kane County Sheriff’s Office (IL)
Lake County Sheriff’s Office (IN)
Lake County Sheriff’s Office (IL)
Lansing Police Department (IL)
Las Vegas Police Department (NV)
Los Angeles Police Department (CA)
Memphis Police Department (TN)
Mesa Police Department (AZ)
Miamisburg Police Department (OH)
Minneapolis Police Department (MN)
Minnesota FBI (MN)
Minot Police Department (ND)
Newport News Police Department (VA)
Nashville Metro Police Department (TN)
Oklahoma City Police Department (OK)
Pittsburgh Police Department (PA)
Phoenix FBI CSEC Unit (AZ)
Phoenix Police Department (AZ)
Portland Police Department (OR)
Riverside Police Department (OH)
Roseville Police Department (MN)
St. Paul Police Department (MN)
San Antonio Police Department (TX)
San Jose Police Department (CA)
Seattle Police Department (WA)
Sharonville Police Department (OH)
Tempe Police Department (AZ)
The FBI and other federal, state, and county agencies have worked closely with participating police departments and sheriff’s offices. For complete listings, see our press releases.
Cops Arrest 500 Johns in Sex Trade Crackdown
Law enforcement agencies across the country collaborated in a recent series of sex stings that netted the arrests of almost 500 men seeking to buy sex and 14 pimps and traffickers.
Individuals who purchase human beings for sex fuel the market that traffickers and pimps supply with victims. We must hold sex buyers accountable through arrests. Purchasing sex is illegal and it should be treated as such. Demand Abolition is working with police, prosecutors, judges, and probation officers to support demand prevention strategies.
Find out what your police department is doing to fight sex trafficking.