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Prostitution Research & Education (PRE) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that conducts research on prostitution, pornography and trafficking and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public and policymakers. PRE’s goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution – including emotional and physical healthcare for women in prostitution. The roots of prostitution are in the assumption that men are entitled to buy women for sex, in racism, and in women’s poverty.


Focusing on providing knowledge and advocacy for good policy and the promotion of public awareness about the commercial sexual exploitation of women through prostitution, pornography and trafficking

  • Research: Conducting original cutting edge research on issues surrounding the commercial sexual exploitation of women by going to the source of the information—the men and women who are involved in these systems of degradation
  • Public Education and Training: Providing materials and consultation to researchers, survivors, policymakers and the public on issues surrounding prostitution, pornography and trafficking.
  • Collaboration: Working with partner organizations and individuals to develop new research and to push for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution
  • Advocacy: Participating in campaigns on behalf of women and protesting harmful policies, practices and organizations. Providing analysis of legislation that will promote the rights of women and spur the abolition of prostitution


PRE was founded in 1995 by Dr. Melissa Farley (view Dr. Farley’s CV), a research and clinical psychologist. Since that time, thousands of researchers, legislators, survivors, activists, and advocates in the US and around the world have turned to PRE for carefully researched facts about trafficking and prostitution. PRE has provided research data and consulting to agencies around the world offering services to women escaping prostitution. PRE collaborates with other organizations in our research and educational projects whenever possible.