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NCJ Number: 250305 Find in a Library
Title: Initiatives to Reduce Demand for Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the U.S.
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: August 2016
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-0010
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Summary)
Format: Article; Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article details an NIJ-funded project that provides a descriptive overview of initiatives targeting the demand for commercial sex in the U.S. and offers practitioners actionable information to assist them in starting, improving, or sustaining initiatives.
Abstract: This project provides a descriptive overview of initiatives targeting the demand for commercial sex in the U.S. and offers practitioners actionable information to assist them in starting, improving or sustaining initiatives. A number of criminal justice interventions and collaborative programs that combat prostitution and human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation by focusing on reducing demand for commercial sex have emerged. Studies have found that the use of anti-demand approaches in the U.S. is more widespread than previously thought. However, little research or descriptive information is available about most of these interventions. Additionally, many communities attempting to address “demand” have not had access to lessons learned from the experiences of other communities. As a result, some initiatives have struggled or failed when faced with challenges that had been solved elsewhere. Although this was not a formal evaluation, the report includes information about assessments of demand reduction activities. The authors note that successful demand-side interventions include: 1) “John schools” and “john shaming;” 2) Reverse prostitution stings (street-level, brothel-based and web-based); 3) Community education programs; 4) Seizing cars involved in purchasing sex and suspending drivers’ licenses; and 5) The Swedish model: focusing on arresting and prosecuting the purchasers of commercial sex.
Main Term(s): Prostitution; Trafficking in Persons
Index Term(s): National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources
Note: This article is based on the grant report A National Overview of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Efforts (NCJ 238796) by Michael Shively, Kristina Kliorys, Kristin Wheeler, and Dana Hunt.
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