New York’s efforts to stop sex trafficking were recently rated a D, one of 5 states with the lowest grades in the country.
New York is only one of two states (Alabama is the other) that still requires proof of force, fraud, or coercion for sex trafficking even when the victim is a minor.
Children are major targets of human traffickers because they are easier for traffickers to control and because of the growing demand for younger and younger girls.Read more
Human trafficking: how women and girls are exploited in the sex trade
Though international law and the laws of 158 countries criminalize sex trafficking, it is still legally and socially acceptable to treat women and girls as merchandise in the sex trade.
Many countries have laws that either fully criminalize, decriminalize or legalize the sex trade in harmful ways: either they punish those who are being exploited, or openly promote their exploitation by giving traffickers, pimps, brothel-owners and sex buyers a safer environment in which to operate.
End Demand: How Equality Now works to end sex trafficking
By targeting the root of the problem – the demand for paid sex – we can protect women and girls. No demand, no supply. Countless women and girls are bought and sold every year in the commercial sex trade, i.e. prostitution, which is often the end destination of sex trafficking. Without the sex trade, there would be no industry to traffic women and girls into, so efforts to address sex trafficking must also address prostitution.
Equality Now advocates for a legal framework that:
- Criminalizes those who exploit people for profit, including sex buyers, traffickers, pimps and brothel-keepers
- Decriminalizes people in prostitution, including victims of trafficking, and provides them with support services – including to leave prostitution if they wish to do so
- Recognizes that without demand (buyers), there would be no ‘need for a supply’ and therefore, criminalizes the demand for commercial sex that fuels prostitution and trafficking into prostitution
Public Now - Rep. Maloney, Trafficking Victims And Advocates Celebrate Impact Of Bill To Combat Online Sex Trafficking
The London Economic - Historic Vote Stops Internet Companies Using Loophole To Sell Women And Children Online For Sex
11 April: The groundbreaking FOSTA/SESTA bill has been signed into US law by President Trump, establishing criminal and civil liability for websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking! This is truly a watershed moment in ending a culture that normalizes the sale of vulnerable women and children. This new law means internet companies will be more vigilant to prevent trafficking happening online and - when it does - victims will be able to get justice and seek damages for the harm they have suffered. This is a major victory. Thank you for the role you have played in making it happen.Read more