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Epstein. Kraft. Who pays?

Epstein. Kraft. Who pays?

Posted on October 12, 2019 in News

Jeffrey Epstein and Robert Kraft are household names because of their (alleged) sexual exploitations. It seems to me that we’re fascinated by which rich and powerful men will be implicated—Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew…. Or if Kraft’s arsenal of lawyers will get him off without him even stepping foot in a courtroom. While the […]

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Don’t Call Victims of Sex Trafficking ‘Young Women’

Don’t Call Victims of Sex Trafficking ‘Young Women’

Posted on July 15, 2019 in News

Demand Abolition’s Founder and Chair Swanee Hunt calls for a literal “act of Congress” in her op-ed, published today, in The Boston Globe. Drawing from 22 trips she took to Eastern and Central Europe while serving as US Ambassador to Austria, Hunt notes parallels between the exploitation of girls she witnessed then and recent stories […]

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The Real Face of Prostitution

The Real Face of Prostitution

Posted on June 17, 2019 in News

“I honestly believe it stops rape,” Benjamin told me. “It allows men to let off steam and have our natural urges met.” Benjamin was talking about the benefits of prostitution. It is good for women, he argued, because rather than rape, men can have sex how and when they want by paying for it with […]

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Who Are the 264 Men Arrested in the Florida Day Spa Prostitution Crackdown?

Who Are the 264 Men Arrested in the Florida Day Spa Prostitution Crackdown?

Posted on April 5, 2019 in News

Demand Abolition’s report on “Who Buys Sex?” and Founder and Chair Swanee Hunt are featured in a new article in USA Today: Swanee Hunt, a former U. S. ambassador to Austria and founder of Demand Abolition, a Washington, D.C. group that works with survivors of prostitution, said while it’s true most men don’t buy sex, […]

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New in The Boston Globe: Hold Buyers Accountable in Sex Trafficking

New in The Boston Globe: Hold Buyers Accountable in Sex Trafficking

Posted on March 26, 2019 in News

Demand Abolition recently hosted Sheriff William Snyder in DC. As you’ve probably heard in the news, he oversaw the sex trafficking bust in Florida and announced the charges against the Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft and nearly 300 other sex buyers. During the investigation, Snyder was unexpectedly plunged into the ugly world of organized sexual exploitation. Examining months […]

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Robert Kraft Case Shift Focus from Bought to Buyers

Robert Kraft Case Shift Focus from Bought to Buyers

Posted on March 2, 2019 in News

After Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution, it’s not a case about where he goes from here. It’s about where we go. Kraft has been an important leader in Boston, contributing to the strength of our community for decades. He’s smart, and he knows the odds of winning and losing. He is also an […]

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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

Posted on March 21, 2018 in CEASE Network, Success Stories

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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Sold in America: The buyers

Sold in America: The buyers

Posted on February 21, 2018 in News

In this three-part video series, Newsy examines the nationwide effort to crack down on the buying of sex.

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Demand Abolition Proud of CEASE Network’s Successful Multisector Approach

Demand Abolition Proud of CEASE Network’s Successful Multisector Approach

Posted on February 14, 2018 in CEASE Network, News

We are motivated by an urgent need to eliminate harms caused to women and girls whose lives are jeopardized by this exploitative industry— a direct result of the demand created by sex buyers.

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‘It lights up the brain like crack’: Why men buy sex

‘It lights up the brain like crack’: Why men buy sex

Posted on February 13, 2018 in News

IndyStar columnist Tim Swarens spent a year investigating the commercial sex trade of children, a lucrative business where more than 1 million kids a year are abused. This is the fifth of 10 columns in the EXPLOITED series.

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How to Scare a Predator

How to Scare a Predator

Posted on February 12, 2018 in CEASE Network, News, Success Stories

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

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Trafficking at Illicit Massage Parlors Hidden in Plain Sight

Trafficking at Illicit Massage Parlors Hidden in Plain Sight

Posted on January 31, 2018 in Research

A new report from Polaris reveals an estimated 9,000 illicit massage businesses across the country

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