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STOP THE DEMAND

Campaign Overview

UNANIMA seeks to prevent human trafficking by eliminating demand. Although labor trafficking is a major problem, the most common form of human trafficking is sex trafficking. Demand does not simply begin with the desires of the “consumers” of sex trafficking, but with the commodification and exploitation of women and men everywhere through advertisements, internet, television, and other media. The extent to which the demand for sex has been normalized and is even increasing in our societies is clearly shown in the socio-cultural, economic, and political connections between pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking. Join us in learning more about the drivers of demand and ways to take action.

Phase 1 of the campaign sought to educate and raise awareness about demand. From 2007 to 2009, UNANIMA developed and distributed a series of resources in four languages to present information on the issue and campaign. Phase 1 materials are available for download below.

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Phase 2 of the campaign focused on persons vulnerable to and/or likely to abuse trafficked persons. In 2010, UNANIMA held a workshop for English-speaking youth from around the world to develop an approach for campaigning and to identify effective tools.

In another project from 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, UNANIMA partnered with HAART (Awareness Against Human Trafficking), an anti-trafficking group based in Nairobi, Kenya, to offer two youth programs in Nairobi. The project trained a core group of young people about human trafficking and in leadership skills that enabled them to train other youth groups in stopping the demand. The two projects trained over 300 youth in each program.

ghana 2In April 2013, UNANIMA traveled to West Africa to offer an International Youth Gathering to Stop the Trafficking Now in Tamale, Ghana. About eighty-five participants came from Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and the United States–youth, sisters from six UNANIMA member communities, other religious, and lay people working against human trafficking. The emphasis of the workshop was on information-sharing and networking.