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Event Details

Online Conference: “Best Practices to Combat Demand: Sex Trafficking”
moderated by Michael Shively, Ph.D

November 18, 2008

The Panel:
  • Donna Hughes - Ph.D., Professor and Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair, Women's Studies Program, University of Rhode Island
  • Sgt. Lavonnie Bickerstaff - Bureau of Police, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Stephanie Davis - Policy Advisor on Women's Issues, Office of the Mayor, City of Atlanta, GA
Related Links:
  • Online archive of this event. Includes: conference recording, slides, resource links, polls, and more. (Brief, free online registration required for access.)


As part of the Initiative to Prevent Human Trafficking’s mission to convene scholars at a global level, an online conference with a panel of experts was held on November 18, 2008. This event was sponsored in conjunction with the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation’s Government Innovators Network.

Event description:

The trafficking industry flourishes due to the persistent demand for commercial sex. Robust demand unleashes powerful market forces: the opportunity for profit ensures a steady supply of pimps and traffickers, and there is no domestic or foreign shortage of women and girls in desperate circumstances who are vulnerable to exploitation. What is being done to address the consumer side of this human rights issue? This online conference focused on the best practices to combat the demand of sex trafficking. The discussion was moderated by Michael Shively, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Center on Crime, Drugs, and Justice, Abt Associates, Inc.

Event Participation:

A total of 199 unique logins, representing 30 U.S. states, plus Canada, Israel, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and Indonesia. Ten percent of our audience was international. Also, since many logins represented multiple viewers at one terminal, the true number of live audience members is estimated to be between 235 and 260, or more.

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