Announcing the launch of Survivor Stories - read on & take part in the movement!
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Equality Now

Today, activists, NGO leaders and policy makers from around the world are gathering for the start of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women that will be addressing the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. In recognition of this global meeting, and in advance of International Women’s Day, Equality Now is proud to launch Survivor Stories—a yearlong campaign featuring first hand narratives compiled from survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation from around the world.

Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal industry around the globe despite the fact that international law and the laws of 134 countries criminalize it. As awareness of this multi-billion dollar industry grows, survivor participation in the movement to end it is critical. As advocates, their perspectives and leadership must shape and influence effective anti-trafficking policy and legislation around the world.

Survivor Stories reflects the multiple ways women and girls become trapped and, most importantly, how they are using their voices to advocate for change and justice. It is a forum for survivors to shape the conversation and be a part of the solution. Each month we will release a story from a survivor—from Cambodia, Brazil, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Uganda, the United States and the United Kingdom*—and provide readers with related actions they can take to support efforts against this violent and devastating industry.

We hope you will listen to the survivors and advocate for change.

You can start immediately by reading the story of Alma from the Philippines who was one of the many women exploited by servicemen stationed at the U.S. military base in Olongapo City. Then, join us in calling on the U.S. government to enforce the provision banning the military from purchasing commercial sex and affirm its commitment to combating the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking.


*Countries subject to change.
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