The Business & Economics of Sex Trafficking: Supply & Demand

Students Against Trafficking & Sexploitation

When there are more slaves now than ever before in human history, it begs the question- Why? The answer lies in simple economics. Demand is fundamental for product survival- and the product is women and girls. The factors that drive the commercial sexual industry are pornography, gender roles, legalization of buying sex, law enforcement corruption and rape culture. The supply is driven by vulnerable victims who fall prey to the deceptive tactics of traffickers. This presentation will confront the factors driving the industry and offer action steps to diminish the influences that allow modern-day slavery to thrive.

Becca Kotz is the Founder & President of Students Against Trafficking and Sexploitation (SATS). She is a trained sexual assault victim advocate and has worked at the Institute For Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons and Catholic Charities.

Sara Menning, Vice President of SATS, graduated from SCSU in 2012 with a degree in creative writing. She now works in Monticello. Both are members of the Central MN Human Trafficking Task Force. Formed in October 2012, SATS takes action and raises awareness against sexual slavery and exploitation in the forms of trafficking, prostitution and pornography.

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