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Demand Abolition Biography

Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“The idea that legalizing or decriminalizing commercial sex would reduce its harms is a persistent myth. Many claim if the sex trade were legal, regulated, and treated like any other profession, it would be safer. But the research says otherwise. Countries that have legalized or decriminalized commercial sex often experience a surge in human trafficking, pimping, and other related crimes… legalization or decriminalization is not the answer to reducing the harms inherent to commercial sex.”

“Why Prostitution Shouldn’t Be Legal,” (accessed Jan. 3, 2018)


“Demand Abolition seeks to abolish the illegal commercial sex industry in the United States by eradicating the demand for purchased sex. Focusing initially on criminal justice system efforts, we are:

  • Driving the development and dissemination of a compelling, evidence-based case for eliminating demand while encouraging additional research and evaluation in the field… 
  • Convincing criminal justice professionals and policymakers of the strategic importance of prioritizing demand reduction… 
  • Building a loosely-structured network of multidisciplinary stakeholders positioned to implement or support a broad range of demand reduction initiatives and amplify the abolitionist message… 
  • Increasing interest and commitment within the philanthropic community (individuals, foundations, corporations) to support demand reduction work.”

“Our Approach,” (accessed Dec. 21, 2017)


“Demand Abolition is committed to eradicating the illegal commercial sex industry in the US – and, by extension, the world – by combating the demand for purchased sex.”

“About US,” (accessed Dec. 21, 2017)

Program of the Swanee Hunt Alternatives Foundation
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  1. Is Legal Prostitution a Legitimate Business?