Houston Mayor Will Promote Sex Trafficking

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Houston, TX Mayor Will Promote Sex Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 12, 2013) –  Houston Mayor, Anise Parker, made a deal with 16 major strip clubs in the name of fighting sex trafficking. In exchange for $1 million from the clubs to fight sex trafficking, Parker will allow sexual contact with strippers at the clubs including lap dances, a form of prostitution.

The problem with Parker’s deal is two-fold. First, it violates Houston’s sex business ordinance that prohibits touching between strippers and patrons. It will also promote rather than curb sex trafficking.

“By now, every experienced anti-trafficking activist in America understands that strip clubs are ground zero for prostitution and sex trafficking,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of PornHarms and Morality In Media.  “If Mayor Parker is concerned about sex trafficking and its many victims, she should close rather than reward local strip clubs,” Hawkins added.

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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