Sex tourism fuels the demand for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation by offering men the opportunity to travel-- often from Western countries to locations in the global South-- and buy sex from vulnerable women and girls.
Equality Now was one of the first human rights organizations to recognize the role sex tourism plays in trafficking, and to focus on shutting down sex tour operators.
We led a precedent-setting civil case in the United States on behalf of Brazilian girls who were sexually exploited by a US-based sex tour operator. With pro bono support from a law firm, we filed the first known civil action under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. After four years, the case was settled and the funds have helped the girls' begin to rebuild their lives. We continue to go after sex tour operators in an attempt to deter sex tourism and the exploitation of girls.