Each year millions of women and girls around the world are trafficked into the multi-billion dollar commercial sex industry. Some are abducted; some are deceived by offers of legitimate work in another country; some are sold by their own poverty-stricken families or are themselves lured by traffickers who prey on their desperation. These women and girls suffer unimaginable human rights violations and sexual exploitation as commodities of the trade in human beings by third-party profiteers.
Your gift will enable Equality Now to produce and distribute Women's Action campaign alerts to approximately 150 members of the Women's Action Network, who voice their opposition to human rights violations against women and girls by contacting government authorities, circulating petitions and raising awareness in their communities. When governments encounter protest from around the world, they know they are being held accountable for these human rights abuses. The activists you help mobilize to stop trafficking will, for example, take action against “sex tour" companies operating from the United States; support efforts to help lower-caste women and girls trapped in prostitution in India, including amending the law, and to promote awareness about legislation to prosecute traffickers and protect trafficking victims. Your gift helps channel collective outrage into strategic action, and the public pressure generated continues to multiply, resulting in an even greater impact in the fight against sex trafficking.