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What About the Buyers? Fighting Human Trafficking by Fighting Demand

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Children in our communities and all over the world are at risk of being trafficked every day. We could make human trafficking much less a threat if we could stop people from buying sex. Valiant Richey, a global expert on human trafficking, joins Anti-Trafficking International for a conversation about how communities, law enforcement, and political leaders can come together to stop the demand for human trafficking. This webinar is for advocates, parents, law enforcement, and policymakers, as well as civilians and businesses in the private sector, will focus on:  

  • Why we should focus on demand to stop sex trafficking. 
  • How to understand buyers.
  • What states need to do to address demand.
  • How the United States compares to other countries on focusing on demand.

Presenter Valiant (Val) Richey is the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. He represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues, and assists the 57 OSCE participating States in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies and initiatives. His office also serves a coordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings.

Before joining the OSCE, Val worked for 13 years as a prosecutor in Seattle handling sexual assault, child exploitation, and human trafficking cases. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.

Date Created: October 1, 2021