sex trafficking

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Petition to City of Houston

Keep Robot Brothels Out Of Houston

KinkySdollS is a business in Toronto where you can rent a sex robot by the hour, and they announced they are opening a robot brothel in Houston. As a nonprofit whose mission is to end sex trafficking we have seen the progression as sex buyers go from pornography to strip clubs to purchasing sex—robot brothels will ultimately harm men, their understanding of healthy sexuality, and increase the demand for the prostitution and sexual exploitation of women and children. Studies have found "that the introduction of new technology supports and contributes to the expansion of the sex industry. ... Prostitution and pornography production also rises with the growth of the internet. In 1990, 5.6 percent of men reported paying for sex in their lifetime, by 2000, this had increased to 8.8 percent... The arguments that sex robots will provide artificial sexual substitutes and reduce the purchase of sex by buyers is not borne out by evidence. There are numerous sexual artificial substitutes already available, RealDolls, vibrators, blow-up dolls etc., If an artificial substitute reduced the need to buy sex, there would be a reduction in prostitution but no such correlation is found. "1 - Dr. Kathleen Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow in Ethics of Robotics Robot brothels will just create an expansion of the already dehumanized act of sex buying. Sex robots will not decrease sex trafficking in Houston, it will only encourage more men to become sex buyers.   There is no evidence that sex robots could help reduce sexual exploitation and violence towards prostituted persons, evidence shows how technology and the sex trade coexist and reinforce each other creating more demand for human bodies. Sex robots sexually objectify women and children. Multiple robot brothels around the world have been shut down because of the public health risk posed by the serial rental of sex robots. There is no proven safe way to handle the disinfection of the humanoids. For more information, read the article at Source 1. Kathleen Richardson, The Asymmetrical ‘Relationship’: Parallels Between Prostitution and the Development of Sex Robots, (Leicaster, ACM Digital Library, 2015)  

Elijah Rising
13,635 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Netflix

Netflix Must Remove Argentinian Movie "Desire" for Child Pornography

A supporter reached out to us regarding the Argentinian movie, "Desearas" [Desire in English], an erotic drama with an opening scene that involves sexual content regarding a prepubescent child (more from the media here).  We are absolutely against this scene being allowed as we believe it does violate the US Federal Law against child pornography, "any depiction of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal." The mere fact that this child still has her clothes on does not take away from the fact that it sensationalizes the sexuality of young children as a source of entertainment, being viewed by adults who are watching this movie for erotic entertainment. Context like this is exactly what child predators seek - evidence to support their opinions that because children can experience sexual stimulation and that, as our biology is designed, experience pleasure from such stimulation, sexual contact with children is therefore normal and unharmful.  Sexual scenes involving children are absolutely supportive of the pro-pedophilia culture that has gained strength through the birth of internet and social media, even being defended by the ACLU for promoting adult-child sexual relations being protected by free speech. Children deserve to live free from sexual exploitation and any media company that seeks to profit from it should be considered an accessory to child pornography  distribution. Netflix and any media platform should ban the movie Desearas from being viewed. A message must be sent around the world that such scenes are dangerous and illegal. 

The Mama Bear Effect
3,846 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Dan Newhouse


Human Trafficking is an issue all over the globe, reporting that 40 million people are enslaved around the world against their will (The Polaris Project, 2018). Though it is readily known that slavery is happening around the world, it is also present within our own backyard. Within the Tri-Cities it is reported that that on average 200 children are trafficked a night for sexual acts (Mirror Ministries, 2018). Human trafficking can affect anyone from any walk of life, though children with no one looking after them are the most at risk (Mirror Ministries, 2018). It is reported that 86% of children that are trafficked have connection with the Foster Care System and within 72 hours of any child running away, 1 in 6 will be recruited into the trafficking system (The Polaris Project, 2018). Human Trafficking is estimated to bring in 150 billion dollars a year, while a single trafficker in the United States is estimated to bring in between $5,000 to $32,000 a week from enslaving other humans (Dank et el, 2014). All these numbers listed above reflect an uphill battle, in addition to human trafficking being viewed as “low risk” for incarceration, along with being such a lucrative business (Dank et el, 2014). Pearson stated “demand is the issue” causing someone with power to further oppress someone that is at risk (Mirror Ministries, 2018). NOW is the time to fight for everyone to have the right to freedom. Sign this petition to tell Washington State representative that we want to pass HR2200 Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, to help provide freedom for everyone. 

Bethany Hale
377 supporters