Sex trafficking, often called a modern form of slavery, is one of the largest and fastest growing criminal industries in the world. All commercial sexual exploitation is illegal. One in every three sex trafficking victims forced into prostitution is a minor under the age of 18, changing the path of a child’s life forever.
The driving force behind commercial sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, is the demand for commercial sex. Buyers who create that demand must be held accountable for their role in enabling sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Buying sex is not a victimless crime.
Buyers ultimately are the cause of these terrible crimes against human dignity because the money buyers spend is what fuels the demand for sex trafficking victims. If nobody purchased individuals for sex, the crime of sex trafficking would not exist. That is why Kansas must foster a culture in which the buying and selling of human beings for sexual gratification is not acceptable.
To work toward the goal of eliminating demand, Kansas has partnered with Demand an End, a national project that works to discourage demand for commercial sex - especially with children. Information about the Demand an End campaign, including a list of our Kansas partners, is on this page. There also is an opportunity below to add your voice to the list of those who Demand an End to sex buying in Kansas by signing the Demand and End petition that will be delivered to the Kansas Legislature and Governor in January 2019.
More than 60 partners, including government agencies, law enforcement, business organizations, social service organizations and civic organizations, have joined the Demand an End effort as partners to bring attention to this issue in Kansas communities. If your organization would like to sign on as a partner, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Kansas Constitution guarantees the people of Kansas the right to “instruct their representatives” and to “petition the government, or any department thereof, for the redress of grievances.” Kan. Const. Bill of Rts. § 3. Pursuant to that right, people who Demand an End to buying sex may sign the petition, which will be presented to the Kansas Legislature and the Governor in January 2019. The purpose of the petition is to show support for efforts to end commercial sexual exploitation, including that of children, in the Sunflower State.
The petition is an open public record and its contents, including the names of persons or organizations that sign it, will be made public.
To the Senate, House of Representatives and Governor of the State of Kansas:
Pursuant to Section 3 of the Kansas Bill of Rights, we, the undersigned, Demand an End to the commercial sexual exploitation of human beings and petition our elected leaders to understand and recognize that buying sex is NOT a victimless crime.
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