February 7, 2019

Recap: 2019 #TackleDemand Campaign

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2019 #TackleDemand campaign!

The #TackleDemand campaign aims to raise awareness about the demand for commercial sex at large sporting events. This demand fuels sex trafficking.

Throughout the week leading up to the Super Bowl, activists posted across social media using the hashtag #TackleDemand. As a result, our hashtag reached over 80,000 people!

Sex trafficking at the Super Bowl is a tragic reality that was proven true again this year. According to the FBI, 169 people were arrested in Atlanta on charges of sex trafficking during an 11-day operation around the Super Bowl. 18 victims were rescued, half of which were juveniles. These arrests highlight the importance of raising awareness about demand for commercial sex. Sex trafficking at the Super Bowl, and likewise other sporting events 365 days/year, is a reality. We must do whatever we can to educate people on this issue so we can #TackleDemand.

We also want to extend a special thank you to all of our partners. You can see a full list on our Tackle Demand webpage. Each of these organizations is an ally, and they’re all doing outstanding work to fight sex trafficking.

Two of our partners recently released videos about combatting sex trafficking. Exodus Cry made a video discussing the importance of destroying demand for commercial sex as a means to stop sex trafficking. In Our Backyard, who put boots on the ground in Atlanta to stop trafficking at this year’s Super Bowl, produced a video on how we can extend a lifeline to trafficking victims. Be sure to watch them!

 

Ben Miller

Former Digital Strategies Coordinator

Ben joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation as Digital Strategies Coordinator in July of 2018. As Digital Strategies Coordinator, Ben raises awareness for issues of sexual exploitation through digital media, email marketing, and website development. He works to create a community of activists who are enthusiastic about combating sexual exploitation and changing culture.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He graduated with Honors in the Liberal Arts and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During his college career, Ben spent a semester studying in Washington, D.C. and interned for a member of Congress. On campus, he actively sought to change Greek culture, especially with respect to sexual exploitation, through his membership in Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Ben also supported his peers who were afflicted by the harms of pornography through a weekly men’s purity group.

Ben’s deep commitment to fighting sexual exploitation was ignited in part by the work done by NCOSE. While writing a research literature review for a public policy class in college, he came across Porn Harms Research and the initiatives being carried out by NCOSE. Ben, a strong anti-pornography activist at the time, began to learn more about the connections between all forms of exploitation and how prominent these issues are in today’s society. He devoted himself to raising awareness about the web of sexual exploitation and is deeply grateful for the work NCOSE has done on these issues. Ben is excited to be a part of the team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and to contribute to this important cause.

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