"Demand" Documentary, by Shared Hope International
"DEMAND" - A Documentary by Shared Hope International
This excellent documentary by the anti-sex trafficking organization Shared Hope International is about demand factors for sex trafficking, one of the most significant of which is pornography. It also addresses how all forms of commercial sexual exploitation such as pornography, stripping and prostitution are connected to all other forms such as sex trafficking and sex slavery. Please visit EndDemand.org to learn more about how demand for sex trafficking is created by those individuals (mostly men) who purchase women and children for sex.
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VIDEO PLAYLIST FROM SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL: (40 videos)
Shared Hope International is a nonprofit organization that is fighting against sex trafficking and slavery. Shared Hope specifically focuses on demand, including addressing pornography as a very significant demand factor for sex trafficking.
Please see their excellent report on this issue: Demand
"Shared Hope International exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. We are leaders in a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness.
For almost a decade, Shared Hope International has served the world's most destitute. We work diligently across the world, partnering with local groups to help women and children enslaved in the sex trade by providing them with shelter, healthcare, education and vocational training opportunities. Our three-pronged strategy—prevent, rescue and restore—is producing hope. We will not give up. We will continue going into the darkness, rescuing and restoring young women and precious children—one life at a time."
Shared Hope International on DEMAND:
"In the United States, the investigations in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., found that large numbers of American children are prostituted on the streets, through escort services, and in pornography and erotic dancing—and large numbers of American men are buying these services."
Key Findings from the Shared Hope International report:
"The market for sex trafficking and sex tourism works just like a shopping mall where buyers can choose from a variety of human products of various ages and colors. As long as buyers continue to purchase this human product—and facilitators support the market—the shopping mall operates and flourishes.
In the sex tourism market, demand exceeds supply. Traffickers will manipulate, coerce, and force victims to meet that demand. The easiest prey are juveniles.
A culture of tolerance both fuels demand and normalizes commercial sex to the point that buyers no longer feel compelled to travel abroad to satisfy sexual urges. Local men are buying local women and children.
While institutions and individuals facilitate the sex trafficking and sex tourism markets in every country, technology is the single greatest facilitator and the engine behind the growth of the sex trade. The use of the Internet for commercial sex services—particularly pornography and escort services — offers website visitors and owners anonymity and supports an illicit market. Since 1997, the number of child pornography images on the Internet has increased by 1,500 percent.
The only way to impede sex trafficking is to end demand—to stop buyers from buying."
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