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Report Recommends Going After Johns To Curb Sex Trafficking

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HARTFORD, CT — Emphasizing that the sex industry — especially when it involves underage children — is a form of human trafficking, the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council (TIP) is making several legislative recommendations aimed at going after the buyers of sex.

“Conversations about sex trafficking almost exclusively disregard the role of the individual buying sex — the ‘john’,” said Jillian Gilchrest, chair of TIP and Director of Health Professional Outreach at the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

“The sex trafficking of Connecticut’s women, men, and children is driven by demand for the sex acts they perform,” Gilchrest said.

“Put simply, without ‘buyers’ to purchase sex there would be no sex-for-pay industry. So, we are embarking on an ‘End Demand’ campaign to bring much needed attention to those buying sex who create the demand that fuels sex trafficking.”

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