Human Trafficking in the USA: Dr. Mary Anne Layden, The Permission Giving Beliefs of Male Sexual Demand

Join us February 27, 2014 from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for a TEDx style event discussing the complexities and nuances of human trafficking in the United States. Learn about the extent and scope of the human trafficking happening right here in our own backyards, the warning signs, what you can do to help. Coffee and light refreshments available during event, and cocktail hour with speakers follows event for all attendees. TICKETS REQUIRED.


Introducing Speaker: Mary Anne Layden

Dr. Mary Anne Layden, Ph D, is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program. She specializes in the treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual violence and sexual addiction.

Dr. Layden has appeared on television, and is a highly respected commentator on the effects of prostitution and the international trafficking of women in prostitution. Dr. Layden has testified before the U.S. Congress on five occasions in relation to issues of sexual violence, the sexual exploitation industry and the media. She has also lectured extensively both in the US and abroad on Cognitive Therapy, Personality Disorders particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, childhood sexual trauma, sexual addiction, sexual exploitation industry and imagery techniques. She has written numerous chapters on Cognitive Therapy especially on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Layden’s focus on the demand side of sex trafficking is based in her clinical work with johns (the men who pay for sex). We are proud to introduce her talk about the beliefs surrounding male sexual demand and their contribution to the commercial sexual exploitation of sex trafficking in the United States.

For more on her work and her perspective on treating the demand side of the issue, read her special feature at News Weekly, “The human cost of sexual exploitation.”


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  1. Carol says:

    Cfiminalization of demand harms women:

    Jan-Jun 2013 125 men arrested/300 women
    Philly police use public shaming of johns in prostitution sting

    Moving Beyond Supply and Demand Catch Phrases

    Escorted to jail / Arrests of sex workers went up after implementing DMST legislation

    Policing Gender, Arresting Sex

    Dr Jay Levy, Researcher and Consultant, discusses the outcomes of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Sweden

    A Misguided Moral Crusade

    Harris County, TX:

    This is just a sampling of the harm that comes to primarily poor women of color, transgender women, immigrants, homeless LGB youth and sex workers when criminal-bssed anti-trafficking legislation and end demand initiatives are implemented.

    • philly says:

      Thank you for the links! Lynly Egyes will also be speaking at the conference, and bringing up many points you mentioned. Her blog post will be up in the next several days! We hope to see you there to help elevate the conversation!

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