[Video] Inextricably Bound: The Link Between Strip Clubs, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking – What Our Military Must Do

This presentation was given at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s briefing in the U.S. Capitol entitled “The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda.” To learn more, visit: endsexualexploitation.org/freedomagenda/



The United States military is not only the finest fighting force in the world, but the most respected element of our government. Yet, there is a troubling problem that is common to all military bases — the patronization of sexually oriented business by military personnel.

Strip clubs are one of the most common types of such businesses. The link between strip clubs, prostitution and human trafficking is well established. While the Department of Defense has finally acknowledged this by prohibiting patronizing of prostitution, there are other steps that must be taken.

Dan O’Bryant is an advocate in the battle against human sex trafficking. He was a 2015-16 Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he gave presentations and did research on the topic, with publication pending. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shared Hope International from 2013 – 2016, and remains on the Board.

Holding a Juris Doctor degree from Drake University, he served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force, serving as a prosecutor then later as an Area Defense Counsel.

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


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


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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