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Image of a wealthy sugar daddy counting his sugaring budget for the sugar baby he is sugar dating

Sex buyers want to normalize Sugar Dating. That’s regressive and dangerous.

With sugaring, an aggressively regressive system has been normalized in our society to the point that we have mainstream publications advising well-off men on how to exploit young women for sex. In Summer 2020, a Men’s Health article discussed the concept of “sugar dating” in disturbingly neutral terms – including what a sugar daddy looks…

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Lawsuit against Nevada for enabling slavery through brothels

Lawsuit Taking on the State of Nevada for Enabling Slavery Through Brothels

Bekah Charleston was sex trafficked in Nevada’s system of legal brothels and is now seeking to hold the state of Nevada responsible for protecting the sex trade and enabling slavery. When you legalize prostitution, it creates a market for the sale of humans. That market then quickly expands as driven up by demand — a.k.a…

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Jeffrey Epstein and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Survivors of Sexually Exploitative Multi-Billionaires Are Still Awaiting Justice

Survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation were dealt an unjust blow when lawyers for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were able to convince certain Florida judges that videos investigators gathered of him paying for sex in an illicit massage parlor should not be admitted to court. Kraft faces two charges of solicitation of prostitution…

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Screenshot of an infographic from the 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report

Real Sex Trafficking Statistics: A Look at the Federal Human Trafficking Report

Note: While the National Center on Sexual Exploitation prefers to use the term “survivor” rather than “victim,” in order to accurately reflect the report’s findings and remain consistent with language used in the TVPA, this blog uses the word “victim.” The 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report is a compilation of all United States federal human…

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Tamar Arenson and Megan Lundstrom discuss the “Bitter Truth of Sugaring” and the dangers of being a sugar baby with World Without Exploitation (WorldWE)

Exposing the Exploitative Realities of Sugar Dating

During a recent webinar as a part of its Now & Next Speaker Series, World Without Exploitation (WorldWE) invited Tamar Arenson and Megan Lundstrom to discuss the “Bitter Truth of Sugaring” and the dangers of being a sugar baby. Both Megan and Tamar agreed that, while sugaring is packaged as a consenting relationship with some…

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NCOSE Research Institute graphic for Demand Forum

Demand Forum, popular tool to curb sex buying, comes to NCOSE!

Men who buy people for sex provide the revenue stream—and thus the economic motivation—for all prostitution and sex trafficking. Their choice to engage in sex buying is the root of sexual exploitation. Without consumer-level demand, there would be no need for pimps and traffickers. Supply (victims) and distribution (sex traffickers) are symptoms. Demand is the cause….

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A protestor holds up a "Black Women's Lives Matter" sign

The Long Racism of the Sex Industry

The sex trade is a haven for racial violence in this country. It violates the most basic human rights of women and girls of color, largely with impunity, as it has for centuries.  Under chattel slavery in the antebellum South, enslaved black women were commonly raped by their owners and owners’ friends.  Sometimes they were…

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A man checks his phone on a dark street (Representing the return of The Erotic Review, an online commercial sex industry website).

Online Sexual Exploitation Creeping Back into U.S. Due to Lack of FOSTA-SESTA Enforcement

The passage of FOSTA-SESTA in 2018 was a major legislative victory for survivors of sex trafficking. It gave survivors a route to justice by providing a civil right of action. It also empowered state Attorney Generals to prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking.  Furthermore, its impact on the online commercial sexual exploitation landscape was immediate…

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To combat demand for commercial sex buying, it's important to understand the demographics and psychographics of commercial sex buyers

Combating Demand is Crucial for Protecting Victims of Prostitution

For advocates and allies in the movement to end sexual exploitation, the arrest of even one sex buyer, pimp, or trafficker is cause for celebration. It’s like Christmas when hundreds, even thousands, of these exploiters are held responsible for their actions. For Marian Hatcher of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) in Chicago, Illinois, “Christmas”…

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Commercial Sex Industry Takes Advantage of Unemployment Levels During Times of Crisis

During times of crisis when unemployment levels are subject to increase, sexually exploitative entities that are already well versed in coercion apply increased pressure on vulnerable women (and men) to use commercial sex as a way to make “ends meet.” The coronavirus pandemic is no different. As the U.S. and global economy have been rocked,…

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