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Jennifer Gaines, a survivor of sexual exploitation, speaks out.
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Jennifer Gaines
Jennifer Gaines, photographed by Lynn Savarese
“People think that taking the middleman – the pimp – out of the sex trade will make it safer. They’re wrong.” – Jennifer Gaines

Are prostitution and sexual exploitation harmful because pimps and traffickers are exploiting people in an unregulated industry? Or is being bought and sold inherently damaging? For World Without Exploitation partner Jennifer Gaines, the answer is clear. A survivor of the sex trade who was exploited on Backpage - the online classified website that shut down its adult section after the January release of a damning United States Senate report - Jenny is speaking out to challenge the idea that prostitution is a victimless crime.

Jenny’s story puts a fine point on the economic and social conditions that make people vulnerable to being exploited. It challenges the idea that the online sale of human beings is less dangerous and damaging than exploitation that occurs “on the streets,” and reminds us that for the vast majority of trafficked and prostituted persons, there is no such thing as a safe sex trade.

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Writer Katie Cappiello, photographed by Lynn Savarese
Writer Katie Cappiello, photographed by Lynn Savarese
After Eighteen: The newest play by World Without Exploitation partner Katie Cappiello.

After Eighteen, the newest play by writer Katie Cappiello, gives us a glimpse into the lives of 5 very different women impacted by the sex trade and engaged in the fight for justice. World Without Exploitation’s scheduled March 14th reading of the play, featuring Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black) and Julia Goldani Telles (The Affair), was canceled due to weather in the New York area. Watch this space for a new performance date this spring or summer.

Founding co-chairs of World Without Exploitation: Lauren Hersh, Sonia Ossorio, Taina Bien-Aimé, Anne K. Ream, and Rachel Foster | photo: Lynn Savarese
Founding co-chairs of World Without Exploitation: Lauren Hersh, Sonia Ossorio, Taina Bien-Aimé, Anne K. Ream, and Rachel Foster | photo: Lynn Savarese
Media matters: World Without Exploitation in Time Magazine.

Eighteen months ago, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Sanctuary for Families, Women's Justice NOW, and The Voices and Faces Project embarked on a unique journey, setting the stage for the launch of World Without Exploitation, the national movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. As part of that effort, The Voices and Faces Project’s in-house creative team — in partnership with Kinetic Media — created "The Ugly Truth," a World Without Exploitation-branded public service campaign that ran in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco during the four-month lead up to the inauguration, and at the Women's March on Washington. Read the Time Magazine article, "Lawmakers Must Champion Victims of Sex Trade and Human Trafficking," by Lauren Hersh, National Director of World Without Exploitation.

World Without Exploitation founding co-chair Peter Qualliotine, photographed by Lynn Savarese
World Without Exploitation founding co-chair Peter Qualliotine, photographed
by Lynn Savarese
Creating change, one man at a time: A GQ Magazine article worth reading, and sharing.

What does it mean to “act like a man”? How can challenging outdated notions of male entitlement help end the demand for prostituted persons? The current issue of GQ Magazine explores those questions in a profile focused on the efforts of Peter Qualliotine, co-founder of Organization for Prostitution Survivors, founding co-chair at World Without Exploitation, and creator of an innovative Seattle-based program, “Stopping Sexual Exploitation: A Program for Men.” Thank you, Peter, for being the head and heart behind a program that is fast becoming a national model. Read the GQ Magazine piece to find out more.

If the world you want is a World Without Exploitation, join our movement.
World Without Exploitation was born of a series of conversations among exploitation and trafficking survivors, human rights and gender justice advocates, artists, activists, and direct service providers. Our national coalition is united in the belief that we won’t end exploitation until we confront its root causes. We know that an injustice that goes unseen is an injustice that goes unchallenged. And challenging a world in which human beings are being trafficked and exploited is what World Without Exploitation is all about. To find out more, visit worldwithoutexploitation.org.
 
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