“No buyers means no business,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said from the stage of a packed ballroom at last week’s “CEASE and Desist,” Demand Abolition’s annual convening of the CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation). Mayor Turner’s remarks echo a sentiment that’s being felt from Capitol Hill all the way to local police precincts: stopping sexual exploitation starts with ending demand.
For three days, a dedicated group of elected officials, CEASE Network coordinators, police and federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, survivor leaders, researchers, and tech specialists learned about new ways to fight commercial sexual exploitation. Highlights included:
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