A CALL TO MEN is committed to ending sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. We, along with ManUp and other leaders working to end sex trafficking have come to realize that the way to stop and prevent this human rights crisis is by ending demand.
Thanks to vigorous advocacy, New York now has a strong, comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation. The State's 2007 Anti-Trafficking Law and 2008 Safe Harbor Act impose high criminal penalties against both traffickers and johns and include provisions for enhanced victim services. Despite these landmark legislations and growing public awareness about sex trafficking, little has changed in New York City. In New York City, over twice as many people in prostitution –many of whom are victims of sex trafficking –are arrested than the johns, pimps, and facilitators who exploit them
Instead of arresting sex industry buyers, our law enforcement system is revictimizing the victims by arresting trafficked and prostituted women and girls, leaving the pimps and johns free to prey on the most vulnerable women and girls among us.
Men who buy the bodies of women and girls in prostitution are the economic engine of this multi-billion dollar industry. We are collectively calling on the NYPD to help end demand in New York City by holding sex industry buyers accountable.
- Commissioner, NYPD
We the undersigned residents of New York City urge you as our top law enforcement officer to act swiftly in the face of the pervasive problem of sex trafficking in New York City. Currently victims of sex trafficking are far more likely to be arrested and prosecuted than those who sell, buy, and exploit them. This enforcement strategy allows human trafficking to flourish and places responsibility for the criminal activity on the victim instead of the perpetrator.
Men who buy create the demand that fuels sex trafficking. In places where police arrest the buyers rather than the prostituted, sex trafficking has decreased. We urge you to expand “A Losing Proposition,” your current initiative targeting some buyers, into a systematic, comprehensive, five-borough strategy to end demand. Your leadership in making New York City a sex trafficking free city is greatly valued and appreciated.
A CALL TO MEN is a leading national men's organization addressing domestic and sexual violence prevention and the promotion of healthy manhood.
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