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March 8, 2022
Survivors listened to John Oliver. Now it’s time for John Oliver to Listen to Survivors.

Spoken Like A John.

Comedian John Oliver produced a segment championing full decriminalization of the sex trade. In it, he compared prostitution to making sandwiches at Subway and made jokes at the expense of survivors. 24 survivor leaders came together to send John Oliver the clear message that he got this so very wrong.

February 28, 2022
When the family is used as a force for harm.

Interfamilial human trafficking is happening in our communities.

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation aren’t just global issues. Far too often, they are a family issue. According to the US Department of State, interfamilial trafficking accounts for 31% of child sex trafficking cases in the United States. The challenge this poses for those seeking to prosecute such cases is clear. A child’s loyalty to and reliance on the family structure make familial trafficking difficult to identify. Children are rarely comfortable – and are sometimes unwilling – to testify against a family member. And economic circumstances oftentimes contribute to a set of conditions that fuel interfamilial trafficking.

January 10, 2022
Tomorrow. Celebrate a more equitable world

World Without Exploitation celebrates a more equitable world tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness day. At 7 pm eastern, World Without Exploitation will hold our second annual virtual benefit, Celebrating a More Equitable World. Together, we will celebrate five years of World Without Exploitation bringing people together to change hearts, minds and laws about the sex trade. Along with several inspiring creative performances, we will be honoring three extraordinary movement leaders: Audrey Morrissey, the Associate Director of My Life My Choice, a program of the Justice Resource Institute; Mary Mazzio, the visionary filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary “I Am Jane Doe,” which is a powerful indictment of the online sex trade; and Matthew Kodsi, a co-founder of the World Without Exploitation Youth Coalition and a next generation movement leader.

December 16, 2021
Inspiration Recognition Live performances

Inspiration. Recognition. Live performances.

During “Celebrating a More Equitable World,” World Without Exploitation’s second annual Virtual Gala, we’ll be lifting up the movement leaders and change creators who are using their uniquely powerful voices to create change. The gala will be emceed by actress Reshma Shetty, a longstanding movement ally, and will feature a musical performance by singer-songwriter Chelsea Cutler, whose Late Show With Stephen Colbert performance is a must-see. In addition, we’ll showcase staged readings of a new work by playwright Katie Cappiello and the creative ensemble at The Voices and Faces Project. 

November 18, 2021
We're celebrating a more equitable world

We're celebrating a more equitable world.

Since its inception, World Without Exploitation has been committed to creating a space where a diverse community of activists, advocates, artists, survivors, and direct service providers could come together to create a world where no person is bought, sold, or exploited. During the last year, that fight has taken on new urgency as we have worked to confront the degree to which racial, economic, and social inequality have driven the sex trade and disproportionately impacted Communities of Color. 

October 12, 2021
joy as an act of resistance

Joy as an act of resistance

Activist and author Brenda Myers-Powell, the co-founder of Dreamcatcher Foundation and a longstanding World Without Exploitation (WorldWE) ally, has a new memoir out. We can’t wait to celebrate it! "Leaving Breezy Street," a powerful account of Brenda’s life in and journey out of the sex trade, has been praised by Peabody Award-winning journalist Alex Kotlowitz as “Remarkable…Myers-Powell emerges on the other side not only intact but as an inspiration," and hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a “page turner from start to finish.”

September 30, 2021
Injustice in the criminal justice system?

Injustice in the criminal justice system?

What does true justice look like? And how do we get to a place where it is realized for victims of sexual exploitation?

September 2, 2021
Is this what legalization would look like?

How would decriminalization of the sex trade impact your community?

A recent New York Post investigation into a Brooklyn neighborhood that has effectively become a weekend, open-air sex market has taken the guesswork out of what decriminalization or legalization of the sex trade might look like in other neighborhoods. What we’re learning from this real-world case study is telling – and troubling.

July 26, 2021
Fourth annual youth summit

Fourth youth summit: Watch the recordings.

Thank you to the hundreds of youth who joined us for the 4th Annual World Without Exploitation Youth Summit. The two-day event was an incredible success! We had speakers join us from across the country to host educational panels and interactive workshops that inspired and activated the new generation of activists.

May 24, 2021
Twice the impact

Twice the impact.

A powerful movement to decriminalize pimping, brothels and sex buying is gaining momentum across the country. From California to New York, from Louisiana to Maine, World Without Exploitation and our partners are working around the clock to block this harmful effort and provide a survivor-led alternative, the Equal Not Exploited Campaign. WorldWE and its allies have a plan, the people, and the commitment to make this happen. Now we need your help.