Without consequences for their actions, buyers continue to purchase sex and remain the driving force behind this industry. Shared Hope releases a bold new video that features law enforcement agents and prosecutors on what it takes to mobilize to end demand!
“One of the critical gaps in addressing sex trafficking is the failure to address demand.” – Christine Raino, Shared Hope International
Rarely Facing Consequences
Over the years there has been an overwhelming attitude of tolerance towards buyers—“the demand”—in the sex trafficking industry. This attitude stems from beliefs that buyers are justified to purchase sex, even from minors, because it is a “fair exchange,” he’s helping the victim financially, or that buyers are simply good guys caught in the wrong moment. Indeed buyers themselves have had very little reason to fear getting caught for their behavior because they have been rarely forced to face consequences that reflect the weight of their actions.
Tolerance does little to deter current and future buyers from purchasing sex. Quite the opposite, it has fueled a continual demand for more supply (victims). Overall, tolerance has been a major setback to efforts seeking to end the injustices of sex trafficking. This is why Shared Hope International is taking a stance against the tolerance for buyer behavior.
When caught, far too many buyers are simply let off the hook or, if convicted, not given severe penalties or jail time according to the Demanding Justice Report. As Sergeant Clay Sutherlin from the Phoenix Police Department explains, “There’s a large number of men out there that are looking for these girls, knowing that they can abuse them, rob them, rape them…and they’re going to get away with it.”
Shared Hope released a bold new video that features law enforcement agents and prosecutors on what it takes to mobilize to end demand!
Watch the Video
Visit demandingjustice.org to see news related to demand in your state. Or check out our latest report, the Arizona Field Assessment, to see how Arizona is working to fight demand through deterrence, enforcement and justice! Sign the Dear John Letter, an open letter to buyers.
Together, we can start bringing an end to demand and protecting further innocent lives from falling captive to the world of sex trafficking.