This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Board Member, Shared Hope International
The United States military is not only the finest fighting force in the world, but the most respected element of our government. Yet, there is a troubling problem that is common to all military bases -- the patronization of sexually oriented business by military personnel. Strip clubs are one of the most common types of such businesses. The link between strip clubs, prostitution and human trafficking is well established. While the Department of Defense has finally acknowledged this by prohibiting patronizing of prostitution, there are other steps that must be taken. Each base has an Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board which is tasked with making establishments that preset conditions which adversely affect their health, safety, welfare, morale or morals off limits to military personnel. This process is totally inadequate to address these issues.
Dan O’Bryant is an advocate in the battle against human sex trafficking. He was a 2015-16 Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he gave presentations and did research on the topic, with publication pending. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shared Hope International from 2013 – 2016, and remains on the Board.
Holding a Juris Doctor degree from Drake University, he served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force, serving as a prosecutor then later as an Area Defense Counsel. He was also a Law Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In 2003-4 O’Bryant was a candidate for the US Senate from Colorado. Most recently, from 2004 to 2013, he served as one of three principals in the The Eickmann Group, a defense consulting firm. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards throughout his career. O’Bryant returned to Harvard for the Fall Term 2016 as an Associate at the Weatherhead Center, continuing research and speaking on various issues of sexual exploitation.
O’Bryant lives in Colorado Springs with his wife of 40 years, Donna. They have 3 children, and eight grandchildren.