Every year, millions of women and girls around the world suffer grave human rights violations at the hands of traffickers and pimps, who profit from the trade in human beings and "johns" or buyers who exploit them and fuel this multibillion dollar illegal enterprise. Some women are abducted, some are deceived by offers of legitimate work, and some are sold by their own poverty-stricken families or are themselves driven by poverty, isolation and/or abuse into the lure of traffickers who prey upon their desperation and vulnerability. Traffickers employ manipulation, coercion and deception to ensnare women and make it extraordinarily difficult for them to escape. Regardless of their route into commercial sexual exploitation, women can become trapped in a world of violence, debt bondage, abuse and isolation.
Equality Now believes that the most effective way to end sex trafficking is by addressing demand for prostitution. Such a strategy would include criminalizing traffickers and buyers of sex while decriminalizing victims and providing them with rehabilitative and other services.
In this program area, we support the work of grassroots groups working to end sex trafficking. We also advocate for passage and implementation of strong anti-trafficking legislation, at the state, national and international levels.
29 May 2015 Big win - Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act signed into law!
9 September 2014 Canadian Senate hearings on Bill C-36 taking place 9 - 11 Sept
Other Equality Now initiatives to end trafficking in women:
For information about past and completed campaigns in this program area, please see the actions archive.
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