Wed, Jul 22



Policy Approaches to Exploitation

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Policy Approaches to Exploitation

Time & Location

Jul 22, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT


About the Event

The Nordic model. The Decriminalization model. Aren't they the same?

Moderator Rebekah Covington facilitates this session, where Melanie Thompson will be speaking about the Nordic Model or Equity. King County, and many places around the Nation, currently follow this model, which decriminalizes all those who are prostituted,  provides support survices to help them exit,  and makes buying people for sex a criminal offense, in order to reduce the demand that drives sex trafficking. 

Melanie will discuss the successes of this model and what a world without exploitation can look like for all when off-ramps are provided.

Click here to see the recording.


Melanie Thompson is the Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and is separately a speaker, activist, and leader in the global fight to end prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficked and sold into prostitution in New York at the age of 12, she was later arrested and placed into foster care. She became an activist at age 14. Ms. Thompson has testified before numerous legislatures about the need to pass strong anti-trafficking laws and ending the arrests of sex trafficked and prostituted children and people in the sex trade. She is a student at the City University of New York and plans to open a non-profit organization to assist victims of trafficking and foster care.