This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Alex Trouteaud, Ph.D.
Director of Policy and Research, Demand Abolition
As part of its efforts to identify policy solutions for reducing demand for illegal commercial sex, Demand Abolition commissioned a scientific survey of over 8,000 U.S. men to understand who buys sex, why they do so, and what might reduce their behavior. The results not only describe the nature of the sex trade in a unique way, but also the “accelerants” and “decelerants” of sex-buying. The data show how—and to what extent—various normalizing forces, including pornography consumption, contribute to sex-buying behavior. Conversely, the data show how smarter law enforcement strategies as well as behavioral interventions can effectively and efficiently reduce demand.
As Director of Policy and Research, Alex Trouteaud, Ph.D., works in the DC office helping policymakers identify best practices in sex buyer accountability and demand reduction, informed by research data and real-world programs. Alex has over 10 years of experience researching and developing policy solutions that address commercial sexual exploitation in the US, with a special focus on buyer accountability.
He received his PhD in applied sociology from Baylor University, and has led various research teams studying youth victimization experiences and men’s sex-buying behavior. Before joining Demand Abolition, Alex served as Executive Director of YouthSpark, where he led policy advocacy efforts to improve buyer accountability practices. As a CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) coordinator, he worked closely with law enforcement agency partners on demand reduction strategies throughout metro Atlanta.