This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (endsexualexploitation.org/cesesummit2018/)
Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Trying to solve the problem of commercial sexual exploitation by going after sex traffickers is like putting a Band-Aid on someone with lead poisoning: it is not addressing the root causes. The world of prostitution is saturated with gross racial, economic and gender inequality that the privileged in our society take advantage of. Through a combination of data, research, and examples, Val will discuss the role of men in perpetrating violence against women and children, particularly through sex buying. He will also offer a perspective on the role of mental health and negative socialization in grooming men to engage in harmful behavior and what we can do about it.
Valiant Richey is a King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. For the last eight years, he has worked in the Special Assault Unit, which handles cases involving the sexual abuse of children and adults and the physical abuse of children. Currently, Val is a senior trial attorney in the unit and is responsible for prosecuting cases involving sex traffickers and the purchase of children for sex. He is also one of two coordinators for the “Ending Exploitation Collaborative,” a multi-sector partnership in King County to end commercial sexual exploitation. Val has conducted numerous trainings and briefings on sex trafficking and exploitation for law enforcement, service providers, policy makers and the general public. He also serves on the Washington State Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Trafficking in Persons Coordinating Committees. He has a BA and MA in Political Science from Boston University and a JD from the University of Washington.