By Jenny R. Holladay, Program Specialist, Region 10
What is it about 2 p.m. on a workday? At that time, most of us are thinking about getting an extra cup of coffee or taking a break to re-energize.
But initial research suggests that 2 p.m. is also one of the most popular times for people to buy sex online.
And where are these people accessing online services? In our offices, businesses and workplaces. In fact, 80 percent of men caught buying sex from children in King County, Washington (Seattle area) are from the private sector. They work at a variety of jobs – IT, retail, accounting, manufacturing, transportation and so on.
Meanwhile many businesses are being used by the sex trafficking industry to promote or run their businesses. Think about banks, hotels, shopping malls (for recruitment of girls), even parking lots. Another study suggests that 63 percent of prostituted children and adults conducted business with their clients on company property.
That’s why Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) was founded – to address labor and sex trafficking.
Other than doing the right thing, why else should businesses care? Three words: Subway. Jared. Fogle. He was the spokesman for Subway who was arrested for soliciting sex with children. Employees or those associated with a company have the power to damage or destroy a business’s reputation and bottom line.
What can businesses do? BEST helps employers to:
Law enforcement can’t do it all. Stopping trafficking involves all of us – and all employers, public and private.
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