SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
End Sex Trafficking
We teamed up with actor, activist, and sexual assault survivor Terry Crews to break down the supply/demand model of the sex trade and its effect on sex trafficking.
In order to shrink the exploitative industry of prostitution and end sex trafficking, we must tackle the demand for it, which is primarily fueled by male sex buyers. The patriarchal system of prostitution promotes toxic masculinity and a culture where women and girls are treated less than human.
Terry Crews is an action-movie star, comedian, game show host, former NFL player, and bestselling author. On top of all that, he is deeply committed to the fight for equality. As an ambassador for Polaris, Terry is dedicated to combatting human trafficking. He also speaks frequently about toxic masculinity and the negative effects of pornography on heathy relationships and gender equality.
Can Money Buy Consent?
As part of our campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we teamed up with actress and political activist Ashley Judd to talk about "consent" in the sex trade. We explore the intersection of sexual abuse and the commercial sex trade which is inherently intertwined. The sex trade is one of the most exploitive, abusive and sexually violent industries worldwide and so we must ask ourselves... can money buy consent?
Ashley Judd is a celebrated humanitarian, writer and actor. Ashely's advocacy work focuses on gender equality and rights of women and girls; she is Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund and she serves on several boards, including the International Center for Research on Women, the Rape and Incest National Network, Demand Abolition, Apne Aap Worldwide and the Gloria Steinem Equality Fund to End Sex Trafficking. Ashley is a proud feminist and supporter of the Equality Model.
How Full Decriminalization of the Sex Trade Leads to Increased Sex Trafficking
Whenever the sex trade is fully decriminalized or legalized there is always an increase in sex trafficking! Watch and share this video in collaboration with Rights4Girls and World Without Exploitation to see how the two are inextricably linked. The Equality Model is the best solution to ending the exploitation inherent to the sex trade.
Yasmin Vafa is co-founder and Executive Director of Rights4Girls, a national human rights organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence against young women and girls. An award-winning human rights attorney and advocate, Yasmin's work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, violence, and the law. A nationally recognized expert on gendered violence, Yasmin has successfully advocated for several laws at the federal and state levels, testified before the U.S. Senate, state legislatures, and international human rights bodies, and co-authored several reports exposing the criminalization of survivors of sexual violence.
Rhode Island Case Study:
The Experiment with Full Decriminalization
Find out what happened to Rhode Island’s sex trade between 1980-2009 when prostitution was fully decriminalized. This short video looks at how this happened, explores false narratives about this time and discusses the consequences of this loophole in prostitution legislation.
Mitha Choudhury is the Program Coordinator for the EMPOWER Center in NYC, a multi-disciplinary health center for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). Mitha has worked with survivors of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and human trafficking in both the UK and now the US. She is passionate about educating people about the realities and dangers of the sex trade.
Sex trade survivor leaders Esperanza Fonseca, Gabrielle Prieto, and Melanie Thompson join filmmaker Sarah Jones and moderator/Equality Model advocate Mitha Choudhury in a thoughtful dialogue of the harmful misconceptions about the sex trade and the cultural battles we face as we fight for true equality.
New Yorkers for the Equality Model and the Human Rights Program at Roosevelt House, Hunter College hosted a special event, A Vision of Justice and Equality for Sex Trade Survivors, featuring a screening of sex trade survivors Joyclyn Bell, Castanita Fitzpatrick, and Melanie Thompson's film "Can Oppression Be Liberation?" The screening was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Taina Bien-Aimé, between Margot Wallström, the Former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minster of Sweden, Cristián Eduardo, a sex and labor trafficking survivor leader and Co-founder of United Immigrants of New York, Sonia Ossorio, the Executive Director of National Organization for Women-NYC and Women's Justice NOW, and Melanie Thompson, sex trade survivor and CATW's Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator.
A review of the three primary models governing prostitution around the globe including legalization/full decriminalization, criminalization and the Equality Model. The presentation includes case studies and an analysis of each policy model's impact on rates of sex trafficking, the number of sex buyers, rates of violence against survivors of the sex trade, the involvement of organized crime in the sex trade, and the number of survivors accessing services. The presentation also includes recommendations for improving existing legislation in New York State.