Demolishing the Demand
To Purchase Sex-Trafficked Victims
A Community-Wide Strategy to Fight Against Human Sex Trafficking
Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human sex trafficking still exists today, globally and throughout the United States, when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex. There were an estimated 4.8 million victims of sex trafficking worldwide in 2016, and the United States of America leads all other nations in driving demand – meaning citizens of the United States are purchasing sex in greater numbers than any other nation.
The TraffickingFree Zone program is a county-wide initiative focused on reducing the demand – the number of buyers – for sex-trafficked victims. County-by-county the TraffickingFree Zone program is implemented in collaboration with community members and leaders, law enforcement, businesses, schools, healthcare organizations, churches and the media. The focus of the program is on arresting and prosecuting sex buyers instead of the victims who are being sold, educating people on sex trafficking and implementing numerous other demand reduction techniques including technology and research components. When these sectors are activated and working in unison for a one-year period, the TraffickingFree Zone community can expect to see a significant decline in demand.
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Benefits of the Program
Movements begin with information and conversations. Arming community members with the right awareness training equips every person to recognize and report human trafficking.
Increased awareness leads to increased calls to the authorities, which leads to more rescued victims.
Reduction in Demand
Each part of the TraffickingFree Zone program aims to reduce demand in a unique way, making the purchase of sex a high-risk, low-reward activity.
Find an Existing TraffickingFree Zone
The TraffickingFree Zone program helps establish a holistic approach to ending the demand for sexual exploitation. The program is a multi-sector partnership involving law enforcement, government, businesses, schools and community-based organizations.
Your friends and neighbors are joining the TraffickingFree Zone program because they are no longer willing to sit back and allow our nation’s children to be exploited at an ever increasing, alarming rate. They are no longer willing to accept the fact that the most vulnerable members of our communities are having their innocence ripped from them for a predator’s momentary pleasure. They are choosing to take a stand, using the best practices from around the world, against sexual predators. Instead of living in fear, they are living in confidence that they are doing their part to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves.
We all recognize that more must be done, yet the human sex trafficking industry is so large and so dark, it’s easy to feel like we can’t make a difference. In truth, working independently, the difference we can make is limited. For years, incredible people and organizations have worked diligently and in a large part independently to try to eradicate sex trafficking from their communities, but true and lasting change occurs when we come together and combine our efforts.
Join the Movement
Whether you join the TraffickingFree Zone as an individual, business, law enforcement, church goer or community leader – you will make a difference. You’ll be joining forces with one of the largest anti-sex trafficking movements in the world, and that’s something to be proud of.
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Whether you are a victim of human trafficking or are seeking to escape the impulse of purchasing sex, we can help you today.