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 of evidence, he uncovered a $20 million sex slavery ring across southern Florida. The women had been coerced into having unprotected sex with an average of eight men per day, seven days a week.
“I looked into their eyes and saw their tears and heard them wail in anguish at their plight.” Because of what he witnessed, William Snyder says that women trapped in sexual servitude is the human rights issue of our day.
Sheriff Snyder flew to DC for strategy meetings with Demand Abolition that included law enforcement officials, a prostitution survivor, and other activists committed to ending the trafficking of women and girls. Those around the table leaned forward, riveted by his description of how investigators were able to break such a big case.
The principle, he explained, is an issue of supply and demand. Targeting the buyers of sex, rather than the sellers (the women and girls being pimped), he has created a model that can be replicated in other counties. By the end of his visit, we were brainstorming how to take the lessons from his case—successes and challenges—to the national level.
Today, Sheriff Snyder published his personal story in The Boston Globe. His journey to holding sex buyers accountable is one we need policymakers to realize—to stop arresting women victims of trafficking and instead put resources upstream to address the root causes of this exploitation.
Click here to read it in The Boston Globe »