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Offer: Combating Sex Trafficking by Eliminating the Demand

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The Comparative Urban Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center invites you to the first discussion in the Demand Dynamics of Sex Trafficking Speaker Series

co-sponsored by Hunt Alternatives Fund:

Combating Sex Trafficking by

Eliminating the Demand

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

5th Floor Conference Room

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW ( Ronald Reagan Building )

Featuring:

Victor Malarek

Investigative Reporter and Author of "The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It"

Ambassador Mark P. Lagon

Executive Director, Polaris Project

Representative Linda Smith

President and Founder, Shared Hope International

Moderated by:

Ambassador Swanee Hunt

President, Hunt Alternatives Fund

The United Nations estimates that approximately 80 percent of the roughly 2 million individuals enslaved each year are forced or coerced into the sex industry. Victims are bought and sold within and across borders through sophisticated criminal networks to satisfy the growing and ever-changing demands of the buyers. Although it is critical to stifle the supply of slaves, the sex trade will only end when the demand for commercial sex is eliminated. The expert panelists will examine the individuals and organizations that foster and drive the sex trade, identify some of the far-reaching effects of commercial sexual exploitation on individuals and communities, and highlight national and international best practices to eradicate the demand for sex trafficking.

RSVP acceptances only, cusp@wilsoncenter.org or by calling (202) 691-4289

Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building , 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW ("Federal Triangle" stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th Floor Conference Room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.

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