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Governor, Lt. governor and cabinet join attorney general in demanding an end to sex buying in Kansas

Release Date: Oct 22, 2018
Demand an End - Cabinet Signing

TOPEKA – (October 22, 2018) – Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann and members of the governor’s cabinet today signed the Demand an End petition.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined the governor’s cabinet at a news conference this afternoon where members of the administration signed the petition and discussed the importance of targeting buyers in efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex trafficking. Cabinet members present and signing the petition today included Sam Williams, Secretary of Revenue; Linda Craghead, Interim Secretary of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor; Joe Norwood, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections; Jeff Andersen, Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Richard Carlson, Secretary of Department of Transportation; Robert North, Interim Secretary of Commerce; Tim Keck, Secretary of Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services; Gina Meier-Hummel, Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Others in attendance who signed the petition were First Lady Ruth Colyer and Joshua Kellerman, Executive Commander of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“Human sex trafficking is not just a Kansas issue, but an issue across the country,” Colyer said. “It’s time we put an end to trafficking by holding sex buyers accountable. If we target the buyers and take away the demand then we can start to put an end to this horrible practice. I am proud to partner with Attorney General Schmidt for the Demand an End Campaign.”

Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann joined in the signing.

“I am pleased to sign this petition demanding an end to sex buying in our state,” Mann said. “Human sex trafficking and buying is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world and it is taking place right here in our own backyard. It is time we hold both the buyers and the traffickers accountable.”

In July, Schmidt and representatives from more than 60 organizations launched Demand an End, which is a sex trafficking-specific public awareness campaign designed to complement and build upon legislative initiatives to deter buyers and reduce the demand for commercial sex.

“As part of ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking, we need to address what drives the demand for trafficking victims – the money spent by those who buy sex,” Schmidt said. “Our goal is to foster a culture in Kansas in which the buying and selling of human beings for another’s sexual gratification is not acceptable. It’s important to follow the money and see the connection between buying sex and enabling the trafficking of human beings. Buying sex is not a victimless crime.”

Sex trafficking, a modern form of slavery, is one of the largest and fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The driving force behind domestic sex trafficking is the demand for commercial sex. If nobody purchased individuals for sex, the crime of sex trafficking wouldn’t exist.

A new website has been created with information about the public awareness effort. Any person may sign the petition to show their agreement with demanding an end to sex buying. The petition will be presented to the governor and the Kansas Legislature during next year’s legislative session. To sign the petition to Demand an End to sex buying, visit http://DemandAnEnd.KS.gov. A list of partnering organizations can also be found on that website.

Information about the red flags for human trafficking and how to report it can be found at https://ag.ks.gov/human-trafficking. To report potential human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or in an emergency situation call 911.

Photo caption: Left to right: Sam Williams, Secretary of Revenue; Gina Meier-Hummel, Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families; Joshua Kellerman, Executive Commander of the Kansas Highway Patrol; Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D.; Richard Carlson, Secretary of Department of Transportation; Attorney General Derek Schmidt; Robert North, Interim Secretary of Commerce; Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann; Tim Keck, Secretary of Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services; Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor; Jeff Andersen, Secretary of Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Joe Norwood, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections and Linda Craghead, Interim Secretary of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

 

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