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Mission Statement

Welcome to Prostitution Research & Education! Founded by Dr. Melissa Farley, a research and clinical psychologist, PRE’s goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution - including emotional and physical healthcare for women in prostitution. The roots of prostitution are in men’s assumptions that they are entitled to buy women for sex, in racism, and in women’s poverty. Prostitution is a global, national and local problem.

Since 1995, thousands of researchers, legislators, survivors, activists, and advocates in the US and around the world have turned to PRE for carefully researched facts about trafficking and prostitution. PRE has provided research data and consulting to agencies around the world offering services to women escaping prostitution. PRE has collaborated with other organizations in its research and educational projects whenever possible.


PRE provides research and advocacy tools for the development of policy and public awareness about prostitution, pornography and trafficking. Our work is threefold:

  1. Research: We conduct original cutting edge research on issues surrounding the commercial sexual exploitation of women by going to the source of the information--the men and women who involved in these systems of degradation. We have conducted interviews and shared the stories and experiences of prostituted women in more than nine countries and men who buy sex in five countries, and our work has been used in the implementation of policy, the expansion of direct services programs, and in increasing awareness among the general public.
  1. Public Education and Training: We provide materials and consultation to researchers, survivors, policymakers and the public on prostitution, pornography and trafficking.
  1. Collaboration: We partner with organizations and individuals to develop new research and to push for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution.



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