Cathy is a formerly prostituted woman who speaks regularly at the Los Angeles john school.
Mandy is a sex trafficking survivor from the Netherlands.
Elle is a sex trafficking survivor from the U.S.
Toshia is a sex trafficking survivor and founder of Purple W.I.N.G.S. (Women Inspiring Noble Girls Successfully), an organization that is devoted to helping at-risk girls in Las Vegas. Their mentor program targets those facing the challenges of poverty, failing or dropping out of school, promiscuity, the sex-trade industry, sex-trafficking, and violence.
HAROLD VAN GELDER
As the team lead of the Amsterdam Police Human Trafficking & Prostitution Unit, Harold van Gelder is responsible for locating trafficking victims and finding pimps who exploit them. His team actively provides support for anyone in Amsterdam’s sex industry who needs help.
Saskia Wishart is an outreach worker in Amsterdam’s red light district. She has assisted in the launch of social ventures in both South Africa and the Netherlands, and currently works in the Netherlands on an innovative social enterprise that seeks to empower vulnerable women through training and community.
Eline is a sex trafficking survivor from the Netherlands.
Marianne Jonker is a former sex worker from Amsterdam, and is board member at the ICRSE (International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe). She also works for the Prostitution Program of STI/HIV Netherlands.
Melissa Farley, the executive director of Prostitution Research & Education, is a clinical phsychologist and researcher who has written extensively on prostitution, post traumatic stress, and the buyers of sex. Her research spans two decades and 5 continents, and has been used for policy development in several countries.
Andrea Matolcsi is the Program Officer for Sexual Violence and Trafficking at Equality Now, an organization that seeks to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.
Max Waltman, from the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, has published scholarly and popular media articles on legal challenges to sexual exploitation. His work covers Canada, Sweden, the United States, and international law. Max Waltman participates at international conferences, is consulted by legislative bodies domestically and abroad, and works with feminist groups on policy initiatives. Apart from lecturing publicly on his topic, he currently teaches political theory and comparative politics, and advises bachelor and master students. His most recent article, on the Bedford v. Canada case, will be published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.
Janice Raymond, professor emerita of women’s studies and medical ethics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is the author of Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths About Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade. Until 2007, she served as the co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Rachel Lloyd, who formerly worked in Germany’s legal sex industry, is the founder of GEMS (Girls Educations & Mentoring Services), America’s largest organization offering direct services to American victims of child sex trafficking. She is a recognized expert on the issue of child sex trafficking in the United States, whose advocacy is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Very Young Girls and her memoir Girls Like Us. Her achievements have been highlighted on CNN Anderson Cooper 360, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour Magazine, and other media outlets.
Juliana is a victim who was trafficked from Brazil to Switzerland.
Georgette Mulheir is the Chief Executive of Lumos, an organization founded by J.K. Rowling to support the rights of children. Georgette has worked in 17 countries across Europe and Africa, leading large scale programs to transform the lives of thousands of children and their families. She pioneered a model of de-institutionalization now followed in many countries across Central and Eastern Europe, and has advised governments on the reform of their services for children and families. She is the author of four books related to children’s rights, and currently advises the European Commission on the reform of children’s services across the EU.
Michael Shively is a senior associate at the Cambridge, Massachusetts based research firm Abt Associates, and has spent the past several years gathering information about strategies that reduce demand for prostitution. His work involves a database of at least 825 cities that employ various demand reduction tactics. Michael Shively’s research has produced comprehensive reports for the Department of Justice as well as a website called DEMANDForum.net, that tracks the “anti-demand initiatives” occurring across the United States.
Harmony Dust is the founder and executive director of Treasures, a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization (outreach and support group) for women in the sex industry. She is also the author of Scars & Stilettos, a memoir that describes her own experiences in the sex industry. Harmony has been featured in various media sources, including Glamour Magazine, The Dr. Drew Show & The Tyra Banks Show.
Christopher Baughman is a Nevada human trafficking detective and author of Off the Street, a book outlining his real life experiences of finding and arresting pimps who force women into a life of prostitution in Nevada.
Andrea Swanson is the mother of a sex trafficking victim in Las Vegas.
Nate Larkin is a former john and the founder of the Samson Society.
Bill Margolis is a retired LAPD Detective and the founder of the Los Angeles John School.
Craig Gross is the founder of XXXchurch.com and is the author of several books, including Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and get Accountable.
Eric Neumayer is a professor at the London School of Economics, and co-authored a research article about the relationship between legalization of prostitution and human trafficking inflows.
Patrik Cederlöf is the National Coordinator of the Swedish National Task Force Against Prostitution/Trafficking in Stockholm.
Jonas Trolle is the Superintendent of the Stockholm County Police Crime Intelligence Unit. In addition to his involvement in specific human trafficking cases, he has also taken part in anti-trafficking training at the Swedish National Police Academy in Stockholm.
*Some names have been changed to protect the identities of trafficking survivors.