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"We may not always have the right soap in your bathroom….but we will have the right girl in your bedroom." - from Universal Fantasies website

Operating sex tours is illegal in the US, but right now a company in Los Angeles, California -- Universal Fantasies (also dba Global Fantasies) -- is openly offering sex tours to 16 locations around the world. Help shut them down!

Sex tourism, an estimated $1 billion per year industry, typically involves men – usually from Western countries – traveling to buy sex from women and girls who are often from poor and marginalized communities. The US’s main anti-trafficking law, the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), clearly recognizes that sex tour operators help fuel the demand for sex trafficking because they make women and girls available for purchase. In addition to the TVPA, the Mann Act makes it illegal to “knowingly transport or entice someone to travel in foreign commerce to engage in prostitution,” and the Travel Act makes it illegal to “use foreign commerce for ‘unlawful activities.’ Prostitution is listed among those unlawful activities.

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Universal Fantasies (also dba Global Fantasies), which advertises "beautiful girls…between 18 and 28 years of age" and allows "guests to pre-select their companions after booking" with "additional companions for specific requests readily available," is blatantly violating US federal law.

Equally important, the US government must also be held accountable for enforcing its laws. Help make this happen by calling on the US Acting Director to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to elevate sex tourism as a priority issue in the State Department’s 2018 US Trafficking in Persons (USTIP) Report.  This annual report, “the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts,” measures how effectively governments are working to tackle the human trafficking industry. We are advocating for the US government to specifically report on its own efforts to prosecute sex tour operators such as Universal Fantasies.

TAKE ACTION! 

Equality Now’s advocacy with the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (formerly Girlfest) led to the first US state law against sex tourism in 2004 (Hawaii), and we need your help once again to protect women and girls from being exploited in the sex trade.

  • Advocate for US Acting Director Kari Johnstone to include the prosecution of sex tour operators in determining whether the United States is fully meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking as part of the 2018 USTIP Report.

Kari Johnstone
Acting Director to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
United States Department of State
C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520
E-mail: TIPOutreach@state.gov

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Letter to the Acting Director to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Dear Ms. Johnstone:

I am writing to request that serious consideration be given in the State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report to include the failure of the United States to prosecute sex tour operators. Without considering the activities of US based sex tour companies, it is very hard to fairly determine whether the US itself is meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons.

The relationship between the demand for commercial sex, including sex tourism, the trafficking of girls and women and the need for robust anti-sex tourism efforts, have been recognized in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations, and various international treaties.

Strong US laws such as the Mann Act and the Travel Act should be used to prosecute the prostitution activities in foreign countries that are promoted and facilitated by US based sex tour operators -- Universal Fantasies (also dba Global Fantasies) out of California is just one current example. I respectfully ask you to increase the government’s efforts to protect women and girls from being exploited in the sex trade by holding the US government accountable for enforcing its laws.

Thank you for your attention.

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"We may not always have the right soap in your bathroom….but we will have the right girl in your bedroom." - from Universal Fantasies website

Operating sex tours is illegal in the US, but right now a company in Los Angeles, California -- Universal Fantasies (also dba Global Fantasies) -- is openly offering sex tours to 16 locations around the world. Help shut them down!

Sex tourism, an estimated $1 billion per year industry, typically involves men – usually from Western countries – traveling to buy sex from women and girls who are often from poor and marginalized communities. The US’s main anti-trafficking law, the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), clearly recognizes that sex tour operators help fuel the demand for sex trafficking because they make women and girls available for purchase. In addition to the TVPA, the Mann Act makes it illegal to “knowingly transport or entice someone to travel in foreign commerce to engage in prostitution,” and the Travel Act makes it illegal to “use foreign commerce for ‘unlawful activities.’ Prostitution is listed among those unlawful activities.

TAKE ACTION! 

Universal Fantasies (also dba Global Fantasies), which advertises "beautiful girls…between 18 and 28 years of age" and allows "guests to pre-select their companions after booking" with "additional companions for specific requests readily available," is blatantly violating US federal law.

Equally important, the US government must also be held accountable for enforcing its laws. Help make this happen by calling on the US Acting Director to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to elevate sex tourism as a priority issue in the State Department’s 2018 US Trafficking in Persons (USTIP) Report.  This annual report, “the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts,” measures how effectively governments are working to tackle the human trafficking industry. We are advocating for the US government to specifically report on its own efforts to prosecute sex tour operators such as Universal Fantasies.

TAKE ACTION! 

Equality Now’s advocacy with the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (formerly Girlfest) led to the first US state law against sex tourism in 2004 (Hawaii), and we need your help once again to protect women and girls from being exploited in the sex trade.

  • Advocate for US Acting Director Kari Johnstone to include the prosecution of sex tour operators in determining whether the United States is fully meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking as part of the 2018 USTIP Report.

Kari Johnstone
Acting Director to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
United States Department of State
C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520
E-mail: TIPOutreach@state.gov

Letter to the Acting Director to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Dear Ms. Johnstone:

I am writing to request that serious consideration be given in the State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report to include the failure of the United States to prosecute sex tour operators. Without considering the activities of US based sex tour companies, it is very hard to fairly determine whether the US itself is meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons.

The relationship between the demand for commercial sex, including sex tourism, the trafficking of girls and women and the need for robust anti-sex tourism efforts, have been recognized in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its subsequent reauthorizations, and various international treaties.

Strong US laws such as the Mann Act and the Travel Act should be used to prosecute the prostitution activities in foreign countries that are promoted and facilitated by US based sex tour operators -- Universal Fantasies (also dba Global Fantasies) out of California is just one current example. I respectfully ask you to increase the government’s efforts to protect women and girls from being exploited in the sex trade by holding the US government accountable for enforcing its laws.

Thank you for your attention.

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