Sex buyers are the driving force behind all sex trafficking and prostitution. Without the buyers’ currency, these industries—which harm vulnerable people and bring crime into our communities—wouldn’t exist. People will tell you that prostitution and sex trafficking are wildly different, but believe me when I tell you they are much closer than most people understand.
You cannot separate prostitution and sex trafficking, because prostitution is where sex trafficking happens. And without a comprehensive, survivor-informed approach to address the problem, we’ll never end the sexual exploitation of all the women, men, boys, and girls caught up in this predatory system.