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United Way and the end-demand strategy

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Two weeks ago, United Way of Rock River Valley, RAASE (Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation), the Rockford Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff committed to and educated the public on end-demand strategy as a way to fight prostitution in the Rockford area, specifically in the Midtown neighborhood.

The end-demand strategy is an evidence based best practice being embraced by law enforcement across the country. Rather than focusing on the (mostly) women who are being sexually exploited, law enforcement goes after the customers, arresting them, publishing their names and pictures in newspapers and on websites, and, hopefully, shaming them away from purchasing sex in the future.

Thanks to the Rockford Register Star for your coverage of the end demand strategy (RRSTAR-072017-HumanTrafficking.pdf) and your advocacy.  And thanks for your July 14 editorial that says, "As with most good endeavors in the Rock River Valley, the United Way is there to help." Admittedly, we love to see our name in the paper! 

Most importantly, United Way is a dedicated partner to this new collaboration and the direction it's taking. We are pleased to help convene and facilitate the work of RAASE and our local police and sheriff departments. And we're pleased to be part of a trend that upholds the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.

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