Ending the Demand

It is the demand for women and children for commercial sex that is fueling sex trafficking. CATW is a leading architect of the end demand strategy to end human trafficking. CATW and our partners carry out groundbreaking programs to train youth, teachers, professionals, police, governmental authorities and the public about the harm of sexual exploitation and to prevent women and children from becoming victims.

CATW is a chief promoter of the Nordic Model, the world’s first human rights based legal approach to ending human trafficking. It is the world’s first law to recognize prostitution as violence against women and a violation of human rights. It criminalizes the purchase of commercial sex and offers the exploited an exit strategy. The Nordic Model originated in Sweden (1999), and has been passed in the Republic of Korea (South Korea, 2004), Norway (2009), and Iceland (2009).