Sex trafficking exists because there is a receptive market of male buyers willing to purchase and exploit victims. If there are no buyers, there is no demand, and no demand means no victims. CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Texas is a collaborative effort to end the demand for commercial sex and human trafficking victims in six key Texas regions: Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Corpus Christi, and San Angelo. We will be expanding to El Paso in the Summer of 2021.
CEASE Texas achieves three main objectives: gathering and providing real-time data on the online buyer landscape via a dashboard & chatbot, gathering local stakeholders to discuss combating demand, and establishing cyber patrols through which members of the community can fight the demand for sex trafficking in their city.
STATEWIDE ANTI-DEmand Coalition
The Statewide Anti-Demand Coalition meets once per quarter to share best practices, challenges, evidence, and resources among an inclusive set of organizations for continuous mutual improvement and a more visible and collaborative approach to reduce demand for commercial sex in Texas.
Membership is open to any interested organization in anti-trafficking who agrees to adhere to the unifying principles (as in the charter) and collaborate on anti-demand initiatives. If your organization would like to join the coalition, email firstname.lastname@example.org.