By admin VAN NUYS, CALIFORNIA – Attendees sit in a once a month Johns School offered by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office in an effort to reduce the demand for prostitution. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
The first step toward ending the harms inherent to the illegal sex trade, including sex trafficking, is to stop the demand for paid sex. Why? Because if there were no buyers, there would be no illegal sex business—and all the violence and exploitation that go with it would disappear.
Eliminating demand is no small task. Lawmakers and police have tried many different approaches to deter buyers, some more successful than others. One of the most promising tactics is sending convicted sex buyers to a “john school.” John schools are programs, some as brief as a few hours, others as intense as 10 weeks, designed to teach buyers why their behavior is both exploitative and dangerous. Their curricula vary, but the vast majority of courses focus on educating buyers on the negative consequences of their behavior: the many ways the illegal sex trade hurts prostituted women and trafficked children, the risks buyers pose to themselves and their families every time they chose to purchase sex, and the …read more
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