The Prevention Project

CATW carries out multi-tiered to prevent sex trafficking and sexual exploitation by developing best practices in several areas of the world.

GOALS:

To prevent sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation by developing best practices throughout the world.

ALBANIA
CATW and Albanian partner the Women's Media Group developed the project, No to Sexu Tourism: Yes to Cultural Tourism. The project advocates against sex tourism and initiatives that favor decriminalization of the sex industry by promoting the region's cultural tourism and natural beauty, including its coastlines, mountains and wild landscapes.

AUSTRALIA
CATW-Australia holds conferences, advises policymakers and meets with legislators throughout the region and in Western Australia advocating against legalization of the sex industry. CATWA promotes the Nordic Model by calling attention to the harms of prostitution and publishes works about the effects of legalization and the role of organized crime in the sex industry.

GHANA
In West Africa, Enslavement Prevention Alliance—West Africa  (EPAWA) is in the forefront of combating human trafficking by providing local and international awareness about the affects of prostitution and trafficking in Ghanaian society.
 
EPAWA conducts investigations and rescue operations, victim protection planning, and shelter management. EPAWA provides training to law enforcement, immigration, media, civil society, academic institutions, and the health sector on various aspects of human trafficking.
 
EPAWA partners with local organizations in Africa to create national campaigns to educate and mobilize government agencies on behalf of victims, encouraging the creation of infrastructure and to effect policies and education in order to find solutions to human trafficking.

ITALY/NIGERIA
IROKO works to raise awareness among youth, teachers, educators, parents, policymakers and the public on how the demand for commercial sex fuels sex trafficking. IROKO conducts research and trainings of operators, social and health officers who work with victims of trafficking.

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
In Mexico, CATW-LAC works to prevent women and children from being recruited into the sex industry by implementing anti-trafficking programs in schools and community centers. CATW-LAC trains teachers to educate their students to take defensive and offensive actions against recruiters and exploiters by writing and distributing training manuals for high school teachers on prevention of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. CATW-LAC produced and presents a video on buses, airlines, and in other transportation facilities warning visitors arriving in Mexico City, as well as parents and teenagers, about the risks and penalties of trafficking, sex tourism and sexual exploitation. CATW-LAC also partners with the national trade union of teachers, the Ministry of Public Education for the Federal District of Mexico, the Ministry of Communications and other groups to sponsor the video in the transportation centers, airlines, bus services, and television stations.

NORWAY
The Women's Front (WF) is an independent women's organization in Norway, founded in 1972. The Women's Front works with international organizations against genital mutilation, trafficking and prostitution. WF supports women's projects run by local women's organizations in Africa, Latin America and in Asia, providing funding and political support for women's reproductive rights, economic independence and survival strategies. WF advocates on the international and national political levels, campaigning for criminalizing of the buyers of sexual activities, presenting papers about prostitution, human trafficking, legalization and the harms of the global sex industry. In 2009, Norway joined Sweden in passing ground- breaking legislation, the world's first law to recognize prostitution as violence against women and a violation of human rights. The Nordic Model criminalizes the purchase of commercial sex and offers women and children an exit strategy.

PHILIPPINES, INDIA, NEPAL, BANGLADESH, PAKISTAN, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, JAPAN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
CATW-AP conducts camps on gender issues, sexuality and prostitution addressing the vulnerability of young women to sexual exploitation and reducing the number of perpetrators among men. Graduates formed Youth and Students Advancing Gender Equality (YSAGE). YSAGE CATW-AP's youth arm, is a national advocacy organization campaigning against prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation and inequality. YSAGE multiplies CATW-AP's efforts in the Philippines to educate the public, especially youth on gender issues but most importantly gender inequality, as manifested particularly in sexual exploitation.

EUROPE
CATW and Albanian partner the Women's Media Group launched the Southern Mediterranean Anti-Sex Tourism Campaign. Initiated in Albania, the campaign, "No to Sex Tourism, Yes to Cultural Tourism" focuses on the encroaching sex tourism in the country, promotes awareness of women's rights, and advocates against initiatives that favor decriminalization of the sex industry.

In 2010, CATW and partners, the Forum des Femmes de La Méditerranée, and Femmes Solidaires founded the Mediterranean Network Against Trafficking in Women (MNATW). The Network was officially launched on November 25 in Marseille France on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and includes representation from all 14 countries of the Mediterranean region.

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
CATW initiated an online training course to educate law enforcement and government officials about the international and domestic legal tools available to combat trafficking. This created the first victim centered protection protocol and code of conduct for law enforcement.

ECUADOR, NICARAGUA, GUATEMALA, PERU, PANAMA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
CATW implements an Educational Model designed to combat the demand for commercial sexual exploitation tailored to young men and boys in schools and community organizations. This Model is designed to educate young men and boys about the construction of traditional masculinity and the consequences of the demand for commercial sex while promoting an alternative conception of male sexuality based on gender equality.

ECUADOR
CATW-LAC is implementing a concentrated End Demand effort to educate young men and boys about traditional masculinity and the critical role they can play to reduce the demand for commercial sex. CATW-LAC's Educational Model educates young men and boys to not consume prostitution and pornography and to challenge the construction of traditional masculinity. We also educate young men about the consequences of the demand for commercial sex while promoting an alternative vision of male sexuality based on gender equality. This concentrated efforts builds on the success of this work carried out through the LAC region.

NORWAY
The Women's Front is an independent women's organization in Norway, founded in 1972. It is a radical feminist organization, working against all forms of oppression experienced by women and girls in a society dominated by men: economical, social, political, legal and cultural oppression. The organization has been active in the struggle against prostitution for thirty years. In 2009, Norway joined Sweden in passing ground- breaking legislation, the world's first law to recognize prostitution as violence against women and a violation of human rights. The Nordic Model criminalizes the purchase of commercial sex and offers women and children an exit strategy.

UNITED STATES
Through CATW's Global Campaign for a Sex Trafficking Free Internet, CATW led the protest in front of Craigslist's corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California that resulted in Craigslist shutting down the "Adult Services" section of their website that was facilitating sex trafficking in the US and internationally. Since Craigslist removed their "Adult Services" sections, www.Backpage.com, a US based corporation, has become the traffickers website of choice. CATW continues to work to create a sex trafficking free internet through our campaign to hold Backpage.com owned by Village Voice Media Holdings LLC, accountable for the untold number of human beings whose rank exploitation continues to be carried out through the ads hosted on this platform.