Sex Trafficking Prevention

Reflecting on the Demand Reduction Symposium: A Vital Conversation on Sex Trafficking Prevention

As I listened to the voices resonating from the Demand Reduction Symposium, a single truth came to light for me: our approach to combating sex trafficking must undergo a significant shift. We must move beyond temporary fixes and confront the deeper, systemic issues that allow sexual exploitation to persist. It’s not enough to alleviate the pain of the exploited; we must be relentless in our efforts to prevent it from occurring at all.

The symposium brought together a selection of experts, including Sheriff Tom Dart, Tanya Gould, Marian Hatcher, and others who are unwavering in their commitment to addressing the demand for sex buying behavior—the driving force behind sex trafficking. Their passionate conversation was not only enlightening but also strengthened my resolve to advocate for primary prevention.

Sheriff Dart’s insights, drawn from the front lines, highlighted the urgent need for enforcement and policy reform. Tanya Gould’s personal advocacy underscored the transformative power of survivor voices in shaping our strategies. Marian Hatcher’s strategic initiatives showcased that systemic change is possible and impactful.

The symposium builds upon the January 2024 online release of the ‘National Assessment of Demand Reduction Efforts, Part II: New Developments in the Primary Prevention of Sex Trafficking’ study, funded by the National Institute of Justice. This study isn’t just an accumulation of data and analysis—it’s a blueprint for actionable change, offering operational and policy insights that are crucial for federal leadership and practitioners globally seeking practical solutions to diminish the demand that perpetuates sex trafficking.



As the founder of Hoʻōla Nā Pua and Pearl Haven, it’s clear to me that our fight against trafficking in persons must be rooted in robust prevention measures. We need to dismantle the demand that fosters this egregious violation of human rights. The symposium served as a powerful reminder that we need to work together, across all sectors, to make a lasting impact.

I am filled with gratitude for the speakers who shared their expertise and experiences. Their contributions are invaluable to the ongoing dialogue on how best to address and prevent sex trafficking. The courage and clarity with which they speak give me hope that we can indeed change the narrative and outcomes for those most at risk.

Now is the time for action. Now is the time to shift our focus from reactive to proactive, from healing wounds to preventing them. Join us at Hoʻōla Nā Pua and Pearl Haven as we stand committed to this cause, inspired by this symposium and united in our vision to forge a future free from exploitation.

In service and hope,

Jessica Munoz
Founder, Hoʻōla Nā Pua and Pearl Haven 


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