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Women & Children at Risk
Title:  U.S. State Department Proposes New United Resolution to Reduce the Demand for Trafficked Women
Publisher:  Ambassador John R. Miller, Director
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons - U.S. Department of State
Publish Date:  2005-03-01

Dear Friends in the Fight to End Modern-Day Slavery:

This week, at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) sessions, the U.S. Government is breaking new ground by proposing the attached resolution.  

It focuses on reducing demand for trafficked women and girls. To that end, we are asking governments to enforce or adopt legislative and other measures to deter exploiters and sex buyers who create the demand for prostitution that fuels sex trafficking.

It also calls for passage of anti-slavery laws, international cooperation in fighting human trafficking, public awareness and education efforts, research on the link between sex trafficking and legislation concerning prostitution and sexual exploitation, anti-TIP codes of conduct for the business sector, and training and enforcement of anti-TIP and anti-sexual exploitation policies for U.N. peacekeeping forces.

Legalized prostitution is a magnet for human trafficking, and
legalizing/tolerating it creates new TIP victims.  Thank you for any support you can offer to this effort unfolding in New York over the coming days.


Ambassador John R. Miller, Director
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State




March 1, 2005




The Commission on the Status of Women,


PP1   Recalling General Assembly resolution 59/166 and Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/45;

 PP2   Acknowledging the fact that the majority of victims of trafficking in persons are women and girls;

 PP3   Concerned about the increasing occurrence of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation and sex tourism;

 PP4   Recognizing that prostitution and the trafficking in persons for the purpose of prostitution are incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person and endanger the welfare of the individual, the family, and the community;

  PP5   Recognizing that the use of women in international prostitution and trafficking networks has become a major focus of international organized crime;

 PP6   Convinced that a key element to combating the particular problem of trafficking in women and girls is reducing the demand for victims, including the demand for prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation; and

PP7   Deeply concerned over the commission of unconscionable acts of sexual abuse and exploitation by a number of uniformed peacekeepers and civilian officials of some United Nations peacekeeping missions, and concerned that such activity fuels the demand for victims of trafficking.


OP1  Calls upon governments to:

a)     Adopt or strengthen legislative or other measures, such as educational, social or other measures, including through bilateral and multilateral cooperation, to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children, and that leads to trafficking;

b)    Criminalize trafficking in persons, especially women and children, in all its forms and to condemn and penalize traffickers and intermediaries, while ensuring protection and assistance to the victims of trafficking with full respect for their human rights;

c)     Enforce or adopt legislative and other measures to deter exploiters and sex buyers who create the demand for prostitution that leads to sex trafficking; and

d)    Conclude bilateral, subregional, regional and international agreements to address the problem of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, including mutual assistance treaties to enhance police cooperation, agreements and memoranda of understanding on information sharing, and specific measures aimed at reducing demand.


OP 2 Calls upon governments and civil society to:

a)     Take appropriate measures to raise public awareness of the issue of trafficking in persons, particularly in women and girls, including to address the demand side of the problem, and to publicize the laws, regulations and penalties relating to this issue, and to emphasize that trafficking is a crime, in order to eliminate the demand for trafficked women and children, including by sex tourists; 

b)    Implement educational programs, including at the local level, to raise awareness of the negative consequences of prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation, including the links to trafficking in persons, organized crime, and harmful public health effects, and to inform sex buyers of the violence that prostitutes experience; and

c)     Conduct research on the relationship between the trafficking of women and children for sex and legislation governing prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation.


OP3  Encourages the business sector, in particular the tourism industry and Internet providers, to:

a)     Develop or adhere to codes of conduct with a view to preventing trafficking in persons and protecting the victims of such traffic, especially those in prostitution, and promoting their rights, dignity and security; and

b)    Collaborate and take action in coordination with governmental and non-governmental organizations to eliminate child sex tourism.


OP 4  Calls upon the Secretary General, in conjunction with countries contributing troops to UN peacekeeping missions, to ensure the provision of training to peacekeepers and civilian and military advisers on sexual abuse and exploitation, including trafficking, and to ensure that allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation, including trafficking, will be swiftly investigated and dealt with.