Sex Trafficking Originating in the US: How Brands can Help by Interrupting Demand and Ending Commercial Exploitation


Did you know that most online solicitation of sex happens during work hours—has a peak time of 2 pm—and that 63% of trafficked persons state that they have met buyers on company property (within 30% of all businesses)? Astoundingly, the average age of involuntary entry into the commercial sex industry is 12 years. Additionally, a recent regional study found that an alarming number of buyers of commercial sex are Caucasian men who have completed post-graduate education and who earn well over $100k—men who have substantial involvement and influence within our cities’ business community.

We often don’t think of human trafficking as a domestic issue but as an overseas or a supply-chain-based issue. However, many states are becoming informed of the data regarding its infiltration into our communities and are currently passing victim-centered legislation and mandating training for the business sector in awareness of this as a domestic issue and in responsible measures to prevent it. Emerging trends in legislation is the awareness that businesses are recognized as vulnerable to being used for facilitating the buying, and are, therefore, utilizing unique multi-disciplinary ways to intercept and interrupt these patterns by engaging our community stakeholders to be accountable to collectively address and fight trafficking. There is a huge opportunity and a serious responsibility being recognized for companies to not only curb demand for victims of sex trafficking in their workforce and to engage with the issue of its facilitation on business property but to take a public stance against human trafficking through core socially conscious business practices. Join this discussion to learn from a diverse panel of experts from the NGO, corporate, and practitioner professions.


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