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Survivingthesextrade

Equality Now
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over 1 year International Story
Surviving the sex trade

The Life Story is a project which seeks to elevate the experiences and voices of those in the sex trade.

As the societal momentum to break the culture of violence and discrimination against women and girls continues, we’re excited to share a new resource: The Life Story: Moments of Change, a website that explores the experiences of survivors of the sex trade and those who work with them. 

The website shows many touch points which could have led to better outcomes for these women and girls including the school, foster care, housing, healthcare or law enforcement systems and is a valuable resource for advocacy.

The survivors highlight the opportunities they see for collective and transformative change. Please explore and share widely -- there is a role here for everyone committed to creating a just world for women and girls to play!

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Sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are a $99 billion criminal industry and trafficking for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. 

96% of victims are women and girls.

Throughout our history, international women's rights organisation Equality Now has partnered with survivors and survivor-led organizations so that their experiences, perspectives and advocacy can strengthen laws and policies to stop sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

The producers of The Life Story say:

The Life Story: Moments of Change shines a light on the realities of women in the sex trade, elevates their voices and experiences and highlights opportunity for change—for all girls and all women—at different moments throughout a lifetime.

The trajectories of girls and women in the Life are often marked by many on-ramps into exploitation—poverty, violence, discrimination and system failure—and few exit ramps. The Life Story focuses on closing those on-ramps and building many more
exit ramps. This is a space to explore those solutions, particularly those which aim for larger system change.

This material is designed to be used by any individual or organization who sees the same potential. It is meant to inform and inspire those who work across the intersections of education, housing, public health, mental health and addiction services, economic and racial justice, and many other areas.

Equality Now applauds the women and girls who shared their lives and the NoVo Foundation for putting this valuable resource together. When we stand together against sexism and abuse, we are unstoppable.

To find out more about Equality Now's work to end sex trafficking, to hear more inspiring stories from survivors, and learn about what you can do to help please visit our website.


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  • Sarah Fein
    over 1 year ago

    The work you all do is wonderful @Equality Now My question is how does sex trafficking exist in 2018? What has to happen for it to be eliminated? 

    The work you all do is wonderful @Equality Now My question is how does sex trafficking exist in 2018? What has to happen for it to be eliminated? 

    • Equality Now
      Equality Now Equality Now
      over 1 year ago International

      Hi Sarah, check out the anti-sex trafficking section of Equality Now's website, which gives more information on how this problem still exists and is a huge global problem, and what is being down to tackle it. https://www.equalitynow.org/sex-trafficking-fact-sheet

      Hi Sarah, check out the anti-sex trafficking section of Equality Now's website, which gives more information on how this problem still exists and is a huge global problem, and what is being down to tackle it. https://www.equalitynow.org/sex-trafficking-fact-sheet

      • Maddy Bernstein
        over 1 year ago

        I'm so glad you all shared this @Equality Now it's important for us to be informed

        I'm so glad you all shared this @Equality Now it's important for us to be informed

        • Maddy Bernstein
          over 1 year ago

          how do we get involved with equality now @Equality Now ?

          how do we get involved with equality now @Equality Now ?

          • Equality Now
            Equality Now Equality Now
            over 1 year ago International

            Hi Maddy, Thanks for asking. You can sign up to our emails, in which we'll let you know about urgent actions we are working on that you can support such as by sending letters to governments (its very quick and simple). You can also stay up to date about the issues we are campaigning on by following up on Twitter @Equalitynow and at our Facebook page. 


            Hi Maddy, Thanks for asking. You can sign up to our emails, in which we'll let you know about urgent actions we are working on that you can support such as by sending letters to governments (its very quick and simple). You can also stay up to date about the issues we are campaigning on by following up on Twitter @Equalitynow and at our Facebook page. 



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Equality Now was founded in 1992 with the mission of using legal advocacy to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls. For more than 25 years, we have been using the law to create a just world for women and girls. By directing global public and media attention on individual cases [...]

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