What Is Happening? On September 23, 2012, The New York Times ran an opinion piece that mischaracterizes the national movement to end demand as a moral crusade that is solely focused on arresting johns. The reporter omits End Demand Illinois and our multi-dimensional, survivor-centered work from the story, though we advocate for some of the very solutions that the reporter puts forward: better accountability for traffickers, and social services for survivors of the sex trade.
Readers of this article were left with a false impression of what ending demand really means. We advocate to hold people accountable when they profit from the sale of other people’s bodies, and we’re proposing a network of support to help all people impacted by the sex trade.
How Can I Help? We have responded on our blog to the NYT op/ed here, and now we need you to take action! Please read our blog post and then spread the word among your networks that you support ending demand. We have some sample tweets and posts to get you started:
- End Demand Illinois is changing laws to help people impacted by the sex trade. I support #enddemand http://t.co/VFc2WuCY
- I support @EndDemandIL and its advocacy for holding pimps, johns and traffickers accountable. Pls RT! #enddemand http://t.co/VFc2WuCY
- I stand with survivors @EndDemandIL who have advocated to improve human trafficking laws. Pls RT! #enddemand http://t.co/VFc2WuCY
Sample Post for Your Facebook Page: I support ending demand for the sex trade! It’s a common-sense approach with real success in holding pimps and traffickers accountable. To stand in support of survivors of the sex trade and End Demand Illinois, please share this post! http://caase1821.blogspot.com/2012/09/ending-demand-is-working-in-illinois.html
Send a letter to the editor. Ideas for content could include: I support efforts to end exploitation in the sex trade and believe suppressing demand is an effective approach. Johns themselves say that they could be deterred if they were arrested, but few face any consequence for their actions. Ending demand is about holding people accountable when they profit from the sale of another person, and creating specialized services for survivors of the sex trade.
Questions? Call Lynne Johnson, policy and advocacy director, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation at 773-244-2230 ext 5, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.