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Freedom Requires Action: A Discussion Around Demand Reduction
Moderator: Bill Woolf, The Woolf Group
Panelists: Stephany Powell & Michael Shively, NCOSE
Brody Burks, Assistant Attorney General (TX)

Demand reduction is a critical strategy in combating human trafficking in the United States. This approach focuses on reducing the demand for trafficking victims by targeting the individuals and networks that create this demand.

One of the most effective ways to reduce demand is through public education campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the realities of human trafficking. Such campaigns can be designed to inform the public about the human cost of sex trafficking and to encourage consumers to consider the ethical implications of their purchasing decisions.

Another important approach to demand reduction is through law enforcement efforts to identify and prosecute individuals who engage in the purchase or trafficking of sex workers. This approach requires coordination between law enforcement agencies and community organizations, as well as the development of robust legal frameworks that criminalize the purchase of sex.

In addition to these strategies, demand reduction also involves addressing the root causes of trafficking, such as poverty, inequality, and gender-based violence. By providing vulnerable individuals with economic opportunities, education, and social support, communities can help reduce the number of people who are at risk of being trafficked.

Overall, demand reduction is a crucial element of any comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking in the United States. By reducing the demand for trafficking victims, communities can help ensure that vulnerable individuals are not exploited for profit, and that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

Mar 15, 2023 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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