Discussion on strategies to address prostitution & sex trafficking

In April 2016, the French Assembly passed a historic human rights law to combat what it calls the «prostitutional system.» The law fully decriminalizes individuals bought and sold in the sex trade, while penalizing buyers of sex, or the “demand.” The latter is widely recognized as the driving force that sustains prostitution and fuels sex trafficking. Also vital, the law mandates funding of comprehensive services for prostituted people and offers exit strategies for those who seek to leave the sex trade. France’s law mirrors what is known as the Swedish or Nordic Model, a human rights-based legal framework that holds sex buyers accountable while exempting prostituted individuals, who are overwhelmingly women, from criminal sanctions. Beginning in 1999 with Sweden, countries are increasingly recognizing prostitution as a cause and consequence of genderbased violence, discrimination and inequality. Most recently, on Feb. 14, the Republic of Ireland followed in the footsteps of seven countries worldwide that have enacted demand-focused legislation. These laws are also critical tools to tackle extensive systems of transnational organized crime and address the links between corruption and the sex trade, which are a threat to democracy, transparent economies and peace. “Strategies to Address Prostitution and Sex Trafficking” is bringing together French government officials, a survivor leader and anti-trafficking experts to discuss this cutting-edge legislative response in the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. An Emmy award-winning journalist will moderate the panel

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