The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) is hosting a morning conference in Seattle on May 10, 2016 to engage with the local tech sector to combat illegal sex trafficking in partnership with Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST).
Not only does technology make sex trafficking easier than ever, tech workers are among the biggest consumers of commercial sex. Many of these transactions take place during work hours, some even in the parking lots of tech companies. And a majority of the women and children being exploited are forced, coerced or abused into selling their bodies. With a culture that implicitly condones objectifying women, it’s no surprise the tech industry is challenged to attract and retain women. To fight sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of forced victims, including minors, tech employers need to lead the way by talking about it openly, learning what can be done, and then committing to ending illegal sexual exploitation in our region.
Please share the event with local tech leaders and sign up now!