There is no easy way
to spot a buyer.
Doctors, lawyers, athletes, clergy, the father next door. Buyers of sex with children span ages, occupations, incomes, and races. But they have one thing in common - they drive the market that enslaves children for sex.
The trafficker gets rich.
The victim gets arrested.
The buyer goes home.
I was taken to the Super Bowl by my pimp. He sold me to tourists who came to watch a football game, have a good time with friends, and pay for sex. They went home to their families and I was arrested for prostitution.
I spent my 15th birthday in jail.
Stop the buyers,
stop the victimization.
We can empower and mentor young boys telling them they can’t buy but if they go out into a world that tells them it’s okay, we have limited influence.
Phoenix Roundtable Participant
Police are overwhelming prosecutors with cases. It's almost impossible to have enough manpower to then get the cases through to victim restitution.
Commander James Gallagher
Phoenix Police Dept. & STIR Associate Director of Research Innovation
Until we start changing the culture to see the value in women, we can continue to make it more difficult for those that want to purchase them. No demand equals no supply.
When we are talking about minors, it shouldn’t be called “john school,” it’s “child rape school.“
National Crime Victim Law Institute, Lewis & Clark Law School
A quick glance at any state's sex offender registry reveals that there is a great demand for children; the number of offenders that are registered as sex offenders for sex offenses against children is astonishing.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
In order for criminalization of the purchasing of sex with children to become a priority for law enforcement, there must be a call to action, an outrage, a community swell, an overwhelming public opinion that the sale of human beings is a bad thing for everybody involved.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
The Demanding Justice Project Report documents criminal actions brought against buyers of sex acts with children and the outcomes of federal and state arrests, charges, and prosecution outcomes for these buyers. Shared Hope will spotlight demand enforcement gaps and publish demand enforcement outcomes as they occur.
A person who is convicted of soliciting or engaging in, or attempting to engage in commercial sex acts with a minor under the age of 18.
Commercial Sex Act
Any exchange of sex acts, including sexual performance, for something of value.
How Buyer Sentencing Breaks Down
What's being done in your state?
How does it relate to its neighbors and the country at large?
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Army Lieutenant Colonel
Former NFL football player, Hall of Fame linebacker
CEO of Reflex Security
High school teacher
What We Want
Include the purchase of sex with a minor as a crime under sex trafficking laws.
Coordinated investigations across local, national, and international borders in an effort to eradicate the demand everywhere it occurs.
Media outrage and shaming of buyers who keep the sex trafficking industry afloat by purchasing sex with children.
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About Shared Hope
Shared Hope International strives to
prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children.
We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value, and choice — one life at a time.
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