An ALLIANCE of businesses, philanthropists, law enforcement, the justice system, and nonprofits who have united as a movement to combat commercial sexual exploitation in Washington state.
A phased STRATEGY that addresses the most critical needs in the fight against commercial sexual exploitation in the areas of prevention, intervention, and restoration. Each phase of the strategy is created by experts in the anti-trafficking field, including survivors with lived experience.
A FUND that receives tax-deductible donations from SAFE partners and community members and invests those funds in qualified, vetted organizations who are moving the needle in fighting commercial sexual exploitation.
The exchange of sex or sexual acts for anything of value including money, drugs, food, shelter, protection, or other basics of life.
Prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and other forms of transactional sex.
We can no longer hide our heads, believing Commercial Sexual Exploitation doesn’t happen here. It’s a local problem that requires a local solution.
– Barry Horn – Bellevue businessman
(and likely many more who haven’t been counted in Seattle and across the state)
In addition, thousands of adults are being sexually exploited every day in WA. Just because a victim turns 18 doesn’t mean they are suddenly “choosing” prostitution. 90% of victims (no matter their age) want OUT of the sex trade.
In 24-hours in Seattle, up to 7,900 men solicited sex online
Imagine your 14 year old daughter or granddaughter stuck in a hotel room in Bellevue for hours, with endless men coming to have sex with her…she has no control over what happens when the next guy comes in, and sometimes the situation turns bad. For example:
Commercial Sexual Exploitation is dangerous and dishonors the dignity found in every human being.