STOP DEMAND SCHOOL
A SEX BUYERS INTERVENTION AND DIVERSION PROGRAM
THE ISSUES AND THE INDUSTRY.
While prostitution is NOT the world's oldest profession, it has been around for a long time. In prostitution, demand creates the supply. Because of the devastating effects of prostitution, we believe the focus should be on the demand side of the equation.
Waco has a notorious history in the sex industry being the second legalized red light district in the nation (1889-1917) Today, Waco is a leading seedbed of organizations fighting the exploitation of women and children on many fronts.
In 2002, Waco offered the first "John School" in Texas. Waco Police Department facilitated the course until 2013 when the program shut down due to budget cuts. During it's time, the Waco John School saw 135 Johns with only 3 repeat offenders.
In 2015, The Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition was formed and one of the first goals was to find an organization to take on creating a new John School. Immediately we knew at Jesus Said Love this was a perfect fit in our program culture.
After meeting with key law enforcement stake holders, Stop Demand School was launched in 2016. The first class hosted 3 offenders.
Today, SDS is offered on a monthly basis in McLennan County. Expansion to other counties is coming in 2019.
73% of women in prostitution have been raped more than five times. [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009, Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns, Available: http://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Global_Report_on_TIP.pdf]
70% of females are are trafficked are trafficked through the commercial sex industry. This includes Porn, Strip Clubs, Massage Parlors and Prostitution. [U.S. Department of Justice, Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: 2004]
69% of women in the industry suffer from PTSD. That's equivalent to men and women coming home from the battle field. [Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” www.prostitutionresearch.com]
Prostitution is more dangerous than logging, fishing in Alaska or working on an oil rig. [www.hg.org/legal-articles/prostitution-in-the-united-states-30997]
"Prostitutes are like a product, like cereal. You go to the grocery, pick the brand you want, and pay for it. It's business." -John
"She has no rights because you are paying for a sex act. She gave up the right to say no." -John