The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women [CATW] is a non-governmental organization that promotes women`s human rights. It works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms, especially prostitution and trafficking in women and children, in particular girls.

CATW is composed of regional networks and of affiliated individuals and groups. It serves as an umbrella that coordinates and takes direction from its regional organizations and networks in its work against sexual exploitation and in support of women`s human rights

CATW brings international attention to all forms of sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and mail order bride selling. Working with national and international policy makers, women`s rights and human rights advocates, and the United Nations, it promotes the fundamental human right of women and children, in particular, girls, to be free from sexual exploitation.

CATW testifies before national congresses, parliaments, law reform commissions, regional and UN committees and commissions, holding Category II Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC]. Members serve as consultants to governmental commissions drafting new legislation on prostitution and sex trafficking, and against the sex industry.

CATW researches and documents the situation of women who have been trafficked and are in prostitution; educates the public about the extent of harm sustained by women and girls in prostitution; and galvanizes change through legislation and working with governments and international agencies to create/change/amend policy and legislation that support the right of every woman and girls to be free of sexual exploitation; and helps create and support alternatives for women and girls who have been sexually exploited.

Philosophy

Sexual exploitation is a practice by which person[s] achieve sexual gratification or financial gain or advancement through the abuse of a person`s sexuality by abrogating that person`s human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being.

Sexual exploitation includes sexual harassment, rape, incest, battering, pornography and prostitution.

All prostitution exploits women, regardless of women`s consent.

Prostitution includes casual, brothel, escort agency or military prostitution, sex tourism, mail order bride selling and trafficking in women.

`Trafficking in persons` shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;

[b] The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended exploitation set forth in subparagraph [a] of this article shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in subparagraph [a] have been used;

[Article 3,UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime]

Harm

Sexual exploitation preys on women and children made vulnerable by poverty and economic development policies and practices; refugee and displaced persons; women in the migrating process, and women who have been victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Prostitution affects all women, justifies the sale of any woman, and reduces all women to sex.

Sexual exploitation eroticizes women`s inequality.

Sexual exploitation is a vehicle for racism and first world” domination