• Society’s Persistent Misconception: Women Sell Sex Because They Should and Men Buy Sex Because They Can

    March 7, 2016 | Guest Post by Shea M. Rhodes, Esq

    Commercial sexual exploitation can be viewed, simply, as a two-part system: supply and demand. Under an economic theory, supply (prostituted persons) follows demand (purchasers of sex). In theory, one would surmise that if demand could be eliminated, commercial sexual exploitation would cease to exist. In order to refocus efforts on eliminating the demand, society must […]

  • Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing – Human Trafficking

    January 19, 2016 | By Taryn Offenbacher

    Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing In Conjunction With Exodus Cry and Shared Hope International The Demand Factor in the Global Sex Trade: Human Trafficking as a Human Rights Crisis This event is in the past.  Please watch the video above or read the transcript. Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2255 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, […]

  • Exchanging Food for Sex with Children Amounts to Sex Trafficking

    December 7, 2015 | By Rachel Harper

    Society is quickly outraged by reports that peacekeepers or aid workers have sexually exploited children in areas of conflict or developing regions.  This year, reports surfaced that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic elicited sex acts with young boys in exchange for food. Unfortunately, this scenario is not new. A 1996 study from the UN […]

  • Maricopa County Prosecution Wins Guilty Verdict for Buyer in 20 Minutes

    September 21, 2015 | By Taryn Offenbacher

    Prosecutors in Phoenix are celebrating a major victory this week after securing a guilty verdict for a man convicted under Arizona’s “child prostitution” law for attempting to buy sex with a law enforcement officer who he believed to be a 16 year old girl. According to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, this is the first […]

  • Why wasn’t Jared Fogle charged with sex trafficking?

    September 4, 2015 | By Rachel Harper

    About two weeks ago, Jared Fogle, famous for his Subway sandwich diet, was indicted for two serious federal sex crimes: 1) receiving and distributing child pornography and 2) traveling to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor. (Fogle has since pleaded guilty to both offenses). Recently, public debate questioned, ”why wasn’t Fogle charged with […]

  • How Tennessee Sentenced Buyer to 22 Years in Prison

    June 26, 2015 | Guest Post by Derri Smith

    Editorial Note: After publication of this piece, Michael Kohlmeyer was declared not guilty. The jury’s previous verdict noted below was overturned by Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn. Reports indicate that the Nashville District Attorney’s Office plan to appeal this ruling. He wanted to buy girls “just over 8, not over 16.” That’s what Michael Kohlmeyer told […]

  • Dear John: We Are On To You

    May 29, 2015 | By Linda Smith

    Dear John, We are on to you. If you pay for sex, you might get a child, and be guilty for your role in child sex trafficking– the abduction, rape, and slavery of children. So hear us when we say: If you shop for our children we will see that you get the justice you […]

  • Frozen: Why Child Pornography Viewers Make it Impossible for Victims to Let Go

    April 23, 2015 | Guest Post by Kim Silvia

    Curled up on the cold tile floor of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s bathroom floor, I tried to regulate my breathing by placing my hand over my heart and humming the nursery rhythm “You are My Sunshine,” while tears poured out uncontrollably from the depths of my soul. One of my dearest […]

  • Petition: Stop Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl!

    December 5, 2014 | By Ryan Dalton

    To: Arizona Office of the Attorney General County Attorney’s Office of Apache County County Attorney’s Office of Cochise County County Attorney’s Office of Coconino County County Attorney’s Office of Gila County County Attorney’s Office of Graham County County Attorney’s Office of Greenlee County County Attorney’s Office of La Paz County County Attorney’s Office of Maricopa […]

  • Porn: Driving demand for sex trafficking

    December 1, 2014 | By Dawn Hawkins

    The booming demand for trafficked women and children in recent years is due in part to the proliferation of pornography.  It is time that we stop thinking pornography is victimless and free from consequence. We must recognize that all forms of sexual exploitation are seamlessly intertwined. Porn Changes the Brain: First, we must understand the […]

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