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LIVE & DISCUSSION - Achieving Gender Equity by Addressing Demand: Reducing the Market for Sex Buying is a Catalyst for Change, Restoration of Dignity and Cultural Transformation

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The daily live presentation, roundtable discussion, and strategy meeting for July 21!

You can join over on Whova here: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/ctese_202007/Agenda/1099749/

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Video will be available for replay within an hour after the meeting ends.

Evolving market dynamics, new technologies, insufficient implementation of laws, and outdated cultural norms allow sex buyers - commonly referred to as “johns” - to drive the global sex trade with impunity. Sex buyers in the worldwide are predominantly men, while the vast majority of those they purchase are women and girls: in the US, disproportionately women and girls of color. Prostitution is premised on unequal power dynamics and deepens entrenched gender disparities. Gender equity will remain an unfulfilled aspiration as long as demand is allowed to drive the exploitation of subsets of people.

Fortunately, there is a robust body of evidence and rapidly increasing recognition that stopping and preventing sex-buying is the most effective strategy to combat commercial sex and advance gender equity. If there were no sex buyers seeking vulnerable adults and children for their own pleasure, pimps and traffickers would be out of business and exploitative markets would be eradicated. If sex buyers were held accountable for their destructive behavior, survivors would receive the justice they deserve and desire on their path toward healing. If countries, corporations, and citizens truly believed no person came with a price tag - we’d all be freer.

This discussion will delve into who is buying sex, why, and what will stop them. Experts will share successful frameworks, such as the Equality Model, as well as approaches pro “sex work” lobbyists are pushing and why they fail. We’ll explore essential elements that any demand-focused intervention must include, such as survivor exit services and long-term support, as well as prevention and intervention tactics outside of and within the criminal justice system. And lastly, you’ll hear inspirational success stories and what you can do to move us toward a culture of dignity for all.

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