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Getting to a world without exploitation means starting with a clear vision. This is ours.
We believe that human trafficking and sexual exploitation are human rights issues, fueled by gender, racial, and income inequalities.
We seek to honor the power, purpose, and inherent worth of every person. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation endanger the welfare of the individual, the family, and the community. Accepting such exploitation as inevitable is inconsistent with a human rights vision.
We know that listening to survivors of exploitation is critical to developing just and effective social policies. We’re committed to survivor engagement. And we’re driven by survivor leadership.
We recognize that adults and children who have been trafficked or sexually exploited should be treated as victims of a crime, not as criminals themselves.
We realize that there can be no social justice without social services, so we’re working to ensure that all survivors of labor trafficking and the sex trade have the comprehensive support they need to exit exploitative systems and rebuild their lives.
We understand that we won’t end sexual exploitation until we end the demand for prostitution. As long as there is a global sex trade, ours will be an unsafe, unjust world.
We commit to eradicating the market for coerced or unpaid labor that drives the multi-billion dollar trade in trafficking.
We advocate for laws and policies that hold those who purchase other human beings and those who profit from their sale accountable for the harms they cause.
We know that law drives the culture even as culture shapes law. Challenging inaccurate media representations of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, while partnering with artists and writers who seek to tell a more accurate story, is central to our mission.
We believe that true freedom means being free from violence, exploitation, and oppression.
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