Breaking Free, a leading anti-human trafficking advocacy organization and Men Against Trafficking of Others hosted the Demand Change Project in St Paul Minnesota on May 13-14, 2011.
Pioneer Press writer Ruben Rosario wrote that Breaking Free examines prostitution as a slave-based system of sexual exploitation. The program is a by-product of a gradual law enforcement and societal shift that looks at prostituted females as more victims of sexual violence than willing participants. Public awareness about prostitution has grown in recent years, along with an understanding of the psychological trauma resulting from sexual exploitation as commercial enterprise, regardless of its legal status. Recent research on sex buyers shows that they are often sexually aggressive, and frequently use pornography.