We Must Target the Buyers of Commercial Sex, Say Human Trafficking Experts at Capitol Hill Event

“Sex trafficking...is an industry run largely by and for the benefit and profit of men. Men overwhelmingly tend to be the buyers of commercial sex. Frankly, we could end sex trafficking overnight if all men stopped buying sex. Human trafficking at its base, then, is an economic –albeit insidious –enterprise. It is fundamentally an issue of supply and demand.”
—Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Executive Committee, TLHRC

“Human trafficking is not only a pervasive crime that is hidden in plain sight, but it is an extraordinarily lucrative one perpetrated with a very low risk of punishment for the trafficker…it is the demand for prostitution that fuels it. We need laws like the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act that will both strengthen our trafficking laws and mandate a clear focus on targeting the demand that nourishes the thriving multi-billion dollar worldwide sex trade.”
—Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)

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