A lifelong advocate for women’s rights, Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, an international human rights organization that protects and advances the rights of women and girls around the world. Equality Now focuses on ending sex trafficking by addressing the demand for prostitution, a strategy that involves penalizing traffickers and buyers of sex while decriminalizing victims and providing them with services. To this end, Equality Now supports the work of grassroots groups working to end sex trafficking and advocate for the passage and implementation of strong anti-trafficking legislation at the state, national, and international levels.
“To end sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, laws and policies need to address the root cause—the demand for commercial sex. Without buyers, there is no ‘business.’”