Human Trafficking


What is sex slavery?

The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.

  • 4th largest organized crime
  • 10 billion industry
  • 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade


Eliminating gender discrimination and not having a demand for commercial sex by decriminalizing prostitutes and criminalizing those who purchase, will decrease street prostitution and trafficking.

Equality Now pioneers efforts to end sex trafficking

Equality ..

  • Pushed for strong anti-trafficking laws in India and Pakistan that prevent trafficking, including domestic trafficking, and punish exploiters.
  • Spearheaded the case of four Brazilian girls exploited in Brazil by U.S. sex tourists and helped them file the first U.S. federal civil action against a sex tour operator.
  • Successfully advocated for the first U.S. law (in Hawaii) to explicitly criminalize sex tourism and successfully prosecuted a sex tour operator under state law criminalizing the promotion of prostitution.

Decriminalisation of sex slaves

  • decriminalisation would mean sex workers could assist police in identifying people who have been trafficked or otherwise forced into sex work against their will. Facilitating a cooperative relationship between sex workers and authorities, such as the police and social services, could therefore assist in detecting the perpetrators and victims of trafficking.