United States: Address role of the U.S. military in fueling global sex trafficking

It is widely acknowledged that where there is a large military presence, there will be a significant and concurrent growth of the commercial sex industry and trafficking of women and girls into the industry. Such was the case of Alma, one of the many women exploited in the Philippines by servicemen stationed at the nearby U.S. military base. While Alma was able to escape this life and now advocates on behalf of other women and girls, the trafficking and exploitation of women and girls by U.S. troops stationed abroad continues to this day in the Philippines and elsewhere. In recognition of the link between the demand for commercial sex and sex trafficking, in 2005 the U.S. government explicitly banned U.S. service members from purchasing commercial sex. However, while news articles and reports from our partners indicate that U.S. troops continue to visit brothels, few are prosecuted for buying sex.

Please join us in calling on the U.S. government to enforce the military provision banning the purchase of commercial sex and affirm its commitment to combating the demand for commercial sex that fuels sex trafficking. Doing so would help ensure the United States lives up to its national and international commitments to prevent the sex trafficking and exploitation of women and girls around the world.

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