Men’s Advocacy Group to Fight Sexual Exploitation of Teen Girls, Women and their Children
New Friends New Life is entering a new and transformative era in its operations this year. For the first time in its 18-year history, the growing nonprofit is expanding its strategic approach by adding men to its workforce and building a men’s group to support its corporate mission. The new DFW-based men’s advocacy group will drive a concerted effort that offers men opportunities to facilitate the New Friends New Life mission of restoring and empowering formerly trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children. Led by a board of distinguished men from the Dallas community, the mission of the all male advocacy group is to mobilize men to take action against sex trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness through advocacy and volunteerism. New Friends New Life sees this initiative as the first step in its vision for a national model that actively involves men positively making a difference in one of the world’s worst crimes.
Changing Corporate Entertainment Practices that fund Sexual Exploitation of Teen Girls and Women
A major initiative planned by New Friends New Life involves targeting change in companies’ entertainment policies in the DFW area. The organization seeks to encourage DFW-based businesses to adopt and enforce human resources policies that prohibit business entertainment at sexually-oriented establishments. Stripping or exotic dancing is often a gateway to prostitution. Traffickers are often at strip clubs recruiting new workers or collecting the tips from girls or women. Girls with few other marketable skills are dependent economically, feel trapped psychologically, and sometimes are physically forced to remain in sex-trade employment. Many have the additional burden of providing for children.
The Dallas sex trade is a $99 million crime. Corporate change would serve to reduce the demand for more young girls to be recruited into the industry and, in turn, reduce harm to teen girls and women who are exploited by these establishments. Companies will be asked to do no harm by amending its corporate human resources, further awareness by communicating its policy to employees and to the public, and make a long term corporate commitment to do no harm to girls and women.
*Urban Institute commissioned by the DOJ.