Policy Priority
Vulnerabilities and Sexual Exploitation
The sex trade is a product of systems of oppression objectifying, commodifying, and dehumanizing the vulnerable to benefit those with power and privilege.

Systems of Oppression Feed

Systems of Prostitution

Poverty. Addiction. Marginalization. Violence.

Common and contributing factors of vulnerability.

of survivors

experienced sexual assault as children.

of survivors

experienced homelessness in their lifetime.

of survivors

became involved in prostitution to support an established drug habit.

Overcoming The Systems

At Thistle Farms, we do not believe these systems are inevitable and stand against their normalization by supporting initiatives such as: 

Reducing Root Factors to Vulnerability. Prevention Education. Community Building. Healthy Relationship Education. Sex Education. Anti-Discrimination Laws. Access to Services. Education and Employment Opportunities.

Educational Resources

Spanish Prime Minister Vows to Abolish Prostitution, Saying It ‘Enslaves’ Women
Prostitution is one of the cruelest aspects of the feminization of poverty and one of the worst forms of violence against women.
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Children, Women and Sex trafficking
Over the past months, the female population has suffered from the outcome of the novel coronavirus. As a result, sex trafficking in girls and women has increased with the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 Crisis Putting Human Trafficking Victims at Risk of Further Exploitation, Experts Warn
Lockdowns, travel restrictions, resource cutbacks and other measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus are putting victims of human trafficking at risk of further exploitation, while organized crime networks could further profit from the pandemic, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Alisa Bernard
Thistle Farms Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
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