How One Man Used Marketing to Bring Buyers to Justice – And Why He’s Not So Different From You…


Jason Kowal, Principal and Co-Founder of Global Thinking had a good reason to get involved. Two daughters. In the spring of 2014, Shared Hope contacted Jason and his team about helping launch the Demanding Justice Project campaign website, a site that serves to expose buyers convicted of purchasing sex with minors. At the conclusion of […]

Ninth Circuit: Privacy for buyers of sex with children outweighs protection of children

California Proposition 35 made sweeping changes to California’s child sex trafficking laws. On November 6, 2012, over ten million people in California voted in favor of the act, making it the most successful ballot in California history. Over 80% of voters voted in favor of Prop 35 and it is easy to see why: increased […]

5 Ways to Give on #GivingTuesday

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  Here are a few simple ways to give back on #GivingTuesday to support the life-saving work of Shared Hope International.  AmazonSmile Knock out that Christmas shopping AND donate to Shared Hope! When you start your shopping at, you get the same prices as the regular, and Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchases […]

Oregon’s First Federal Sentencing of Buyer Who Purchased Sex with Minor Results in Two Years in Prison

On November 19, 2014, Oregon issued its first federal sentence for a buyer of sex with a child. Ben Allen Riggs, 64, of Oregon City was sentenced in the District of Oregon under federal charges for transporting a person across state lines for purposes of engaging in prostitution – a federal offense under the Mann […]

Why Some State’s Stricter Laws are Creating a Threat of Trafficking for Others

New Study by Shared Hope International Reveals One of America’s Greatest Threats Is Going Dangerously Unaddressed WASHINGTON, D.C., Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year. While many states have worked aggressively to combat the crime by strengthening state laws, several states have slipped dangerously behind the nation, according to a new […]

2014 State Grades on Child Sex Trafficking Laws Exposes Growing Gap Between States

Media Contacts: Taryn Offenbacher, 602.818.3955, ***MEDIA ALERT*** 2014 State Grades on Child Sex Trafficking Laws Exposes Growing Gap Between States October 29, 2014 (Washington D.C.) On November 6, in Washington, D.C., Shared Hope International will release the 4th Annual Protected Innocence Challenge—the most comprehensive study on state child sex trafficking laws. The findings will [...]

Congressman Frank Wolf Receives Shared Hope’s Lifetime Pathbreaker Award for Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Shared Hope International will honor Congressman Wolf for lifetime dedication to eradicating trafficking ARLINGTON, VA. – Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) has been named a 2014 Lifetime Pathbreaker Award recipient for his continuous leadership in combatting child sex trafficking. Congressman Wolf is one of the House of Representatives’ leading crusaders for human rights. He believes members […]

Marian Hatcher Recieves Shared Hope Pathbreaker Award for Anti-Trafficking Leadership

Shared Hope International honors Marian Hatcher for dedication to fighting demand for sex trafficking ARLINGTON, VA. – Marian Hatcher, Project Manager at the Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Programs for the Cook County Sherriff’s Office, has been named a 2014 Pathbreaker Award recipient for her determined leadership in pursuing the buyers of sex trafficking. Marian Hatcher escaped […]

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson Receives Shared Hope Pathbreaker Award for Anti-Trafficking Leadership

Shared Hope International honors Brendan Johnson for prioritizing the prosecution of buyers of sex trafficking ARLINGTON, VA. – Brendan Johnson, U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota has been named a 2014 Pathbreaker Award recipient for his determined leadership in combatting child sex trafficking. U.S. Attorney Johnson has taken a progressive approach to demand […]

AZ Central – ‘Why can’t she run away?’ and other nonsense

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The vivid graphic of a fist in the face quickly dispatched the platitudes we offer for domestic violence, especially when it involves a superhero. It unhinged the “she could have just run” line of reasoning — one that is still prevalent today in the attitude toward child victims of sex trafficking. The video of Ray […]

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