This section provides information on organizations and agencies focused on reducing demand or supporting survivors. You’ll also find reference materials such as Abt Associates’ National Assessment report and database produced for the National Institute of Justice, videos of panel discussions and broadcast interviews on ending demand, local ordinances applied to sex buyers, and more.
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Organizations and Agencies that Address Demand
There are many non-profit organizations and non-governmental programs working to reduce demand, either exclusively or in addition to providing survivor support or pursuing pimps and sex traffickers. A number of government agencies are involved in similar work. We have identified over 50 such efforts in the United States, and there are probably more. Brief descriptions and contact information for these programs are provided below. This section includes information about selected (a) non-profit organizations, (b) non-governmental programs, and (c) government agencies.
The lists of organizations and programs are unlikely to be comprehensive and completely up-to-date. Programs unlisted in the Organiztion List document certainly exist, and although we try to keep the list current, some of the programs listed may no longer operate. Please contact us if you know of programs that should be added to – or deleted from – the lists.
In addition to entities that focus on demand, we have included in the “Organization List” document a list of over 330 programs operating in more than 145 U.S. cities and counties that provide services to survivors (many of which are led and staffed by survivors). While survivor support programs are crucially important in their own right, they have actual and potential links to anti-demand efforts. For example, many john school programs and community-led initiatives providing education about demand or that attempt to deter offenders are led by (or partner with) survivor-serving and survivor-led organizations. For example, john school programs in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Kansas City are led by organizations founded and run by survivors (SAGE, Breaking Free, and Veronica’s Voice, respectively).
Documentary Film Addressing the Need to Combat Demand
As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, two filmmakers traveled across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question: “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing care to victims, the filmmakers explore whether those approaches can actually shrink or eliminate the markets for commercial sex that drive sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
The document below contains a bibliography of key sources encountered and used in the National Assessment research.
National Assessment Database
The database developed during our research for the National Assessment project is provided below. We have also provided the database documentation in the accompanying file. The database contains information about 856 sites known to have employed at least one type of anti-demand approach.
National Assessment Final Report
The final report of the National Assessment provides detailed information about how the research was conducted that assembled the materials for this website. One of its limitations, however, it contains information on programs collected months ago. Nevertheless, the great majority of its information is valuable and relevant.
Local Assessments of Prostitution, Sex Trafficking, and the Need to Address Demand
- Buffalo: Workable Solutions to Prostitution
- Fresno: Project PAR: Prostitution Abatement/Rehabilitation
- Memphis: Maloney, P.J., & Mobley, G. (2002). Controlling Prostitution: A Multi-Modality Approach. White paper produced by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. Available at: http://www.popcenter.org/problems/street_prostitution/PDFs/Maloney&Mobley_2002.pdf
Local Ordinances Covering Penalties Applied to Sex Buyers
Statutes Covering Penalties for (or Applicable to) Sex Buyers
Video Presentations about Demand
- Ran Rather Reports, January 21, 2013: Sex Workers (a report comparing Sweden and U.S. anti-demand efforts to abolish commercial sex with the Netherlands’ approach of legalizing and regulating prostitution)
- Panel Discussion entitled, Men’s Responsibility: Ending Demand for Sex Trafficking. Sponsored by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
- CBC News Sunday interview with Victor Malarek about his book, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It
- Demand Documentary, Shared Hope International.
- Public Service Announcements, Atlanta’s “Dear John” Campaign