endsexualexploitation.org/briefing/ National Center on Sexual Exploitation hosted an influential symposium right in the U.S. Capitol building on July 14, 2015, presenting compelling research and arguments about the public health crisis from pornography, specifically how pornography fuels sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence. The room was packed to the maximum capacity with representatives from Congress and other influential government leaders, along with members of the press, leaders in the movement, and the general public. The room was overflowing to the point that we regretfully had to turn some people away, which proves that we are at a turning point on this issue. Nearly everyone has been affected and many are looking for leadership on how to turn the tide.
Melissa Farley Ph.D. has has written 26 peer-reviewed articles on prostitution and trafficking and two books: Prostitution, Trafficking & Traumatic Stress (2004), and Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections (2007). She co-authored the first international survey of prostitution and PTSD in nine countries (2003); the first psychological research on the lives of trafficked Native American women in the United States (2011); and the first study comparing sex buyers to non-sex buyers (2011). Dr. Farley founded Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) in 1995. It’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education, and policy on prostitution and its impact on trafficking of women, men, and children. PRE’s goal is to abolish prostitution and offer alternatives to those in it. Their research has been used by governments in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Spain, Sweden, Korea, United Kingdom, and United States for education and policy development on prostitution and trafficking.