Through 5000 STRONG we are seeing the slaves of sex trafficking become freedom fighters! We are proud supporters of The DEMAND Project through 5000 STRONG, together we are making a great difference! God heard their cries and assigned us to take action. You will receive monthly reports of real people that are liberated by what 5000 STRONG members do.
We will direct our efforts, resources and energy toward the eradication of sexual exploitation, with an emphasis on the sexual exploitation of children. Whether they’re victims of trafficking, forced prostitution, online enticement or child pornography—our mission is to end all sex crimes by targeting the DEMAND side of sexual exploitation. (Demand = Predator)
In 2004, the Founders of The Demand Project—Jason and Kristin Weis were living in Colorado with their beautiful family in what seemed to be the perfect world. One seemingly normal night, while watching the news, a headline story would forever grip their hearts and change the course of their lives forever. The story they heard that night, and that will now be shared with you, is horrific yet one that unfortunately tells the story of too many children. This story is responsible for Jason and Kristin’s decision to drastically change their lives.
The story on the news that night was that of a father, who had raped his three year old daughter, videotaped his brutal crime, downloaded it onto the internet, and if that isn’t devastating enough—thousands of people logged on to watch!
That was a monumental moment for this couple, wondering “how can we continue our safe life, when so many children are living in this torture?” They made the decision right then and there to dedicate their lives to eradicating child sexual exploitation.
Jason, Kristin, and their children moved from their home, family, and friends to get trained up to fight in this battle for freedom. They have never looked back and continue to look forward to a world where children do not have to live enslaved by sexual perversion.
Oklahoma Bureau of
Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs
Bureau of Investigation
United State Department of Justice -
Northern District of Oklahoma
Tulsa Police Department
“I support the Demand Project and their efforts to stop predators and protect children.”
— Tulsa Police Chief, Chuck Jordan
“I support the Demand Project and their efforts to stop predators and protect children. We must protect our most vulnerable in society.”
—Darrell Weaver - OBN Director
63% of teens said they know how to hide what they do online from their parents.
In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim's social net site to get info about the victim's likes & dislikes.
California authorities arrest 275 child predators - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG
FBI investigating underage prostitution ring in south Texas school district
… via @eagnews
73% of children who have offline sexual encounters with offenders do so more than once.-@MissingKids
Sheriff: NC daycare a front for child porn ring
Sheriff: NC daycare a front for child porn ring
Colorado kids rescued in prostitution stings
… via @9News
What We Do
pre·ven·tion — to be in readiness
The Demand Project believes in educating, equipping and empowering the community on how to stay safe against child predators who seek to harm children. We provide in-depth presentations that will give you insights on how predators operate, how to keep children safe online, and how you can stay educated on any emerging technological trends.
pros·e·cu·tion — the institution and continuance of a criminal suit involving the process of pursuing formal charges against an offender to final judgment
The Demand Project believes that law enforcement plays a key role in stopping child predators, protecting children, and rescuing victims. We have decided that, as an organization, we should do our part to support their efforts. The Demand Project has developed strategic relationships with various law enforcement agencies that target child predators and individuals who commercially traffic people against their will. We direct funds to these agencies and are able to help fund additional arrests and operations.
res·cue — to free from confinement, danger, or evil
The Demand Project believes there is a place for Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to be of assistance to law enforcement in the rescue of sexually exploited victims. This can only happen with a collateral partnership between both organizations. The Demand Project has built such a relationship between VAST (victim advocate support teams) and key law enforcement agents across Oklahoma. VAST offers victim advocacy, transport of victims to safe shelters, and facilitates donated community resources to assist victims in their restoration process.
res·to·ra·tion — to put or bring back into existence
The Demand Project believes that rescuing a victim from sexual exploitation is only the beginning of an extensive process for a victim to become a survivor. Donated community resources become imperative to the survivor’s successful recovery once they transition out of the shelter and reintegrate back into our community.
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”Never, Never be afraid to do what’s right, especially when the well-being of a person is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.“ — MLK
Taking a stand against sexual predators and rising together to rescue and restore victims is no small task. “Once we saw what the problem was we couldn’t go about our normal lives and pretend it wasn’t happening. We knew it was hidden in plain sight.” — Kristin Weis - Co-Founder
Maniwaki Man Charged with Child Luring
Tulsa Police Department “Thank You” Letter to The Demand Project
OSBI “Thank You” Letter to The Demand Project
Corona, CA Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution and Exhibition of Lewd Material to a Minor
U.S. Army Pfc. Pleads Guilty To Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Child
The United States Justice Department estimates that close to 300,000 American youth are currently at risk for becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Two-thirds of the sex offenders in state prisons committed offenses against children. There are more than 747,000 registered sex offenders in the United States today. As many as 100,000 are noncompliant and missing. 1
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports, “Best data suggests at least 100,000 American children a year are victimized through child sexual exploitation,” (more children are victimized than the number of people that die from car accidents and illegal drugs combined in America).
In a study by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of the people arrested for child pornography; 40% also had raped children along with possessing child pornography.
Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States right now. Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in the past10 years, according to the FBI.
From 2004 through 2008, ICAC task force officers processed 20,562 documented online enticement complaints, including 7,879 documented complaints of suspected travelers.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child pornography in 2011 — four times more than 2007.
What mental health experts have learned is that when someone (90% of the offenders are male) becomes addicted to child pornography, they usually progress to younger and younger children and will seek out more sadistic or masochistic images, and in extreme cases, bestiality. 2
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers found that the average number of victims for non-incestuous pedophiles who molest girls is 20, for pedophiles who prefer boys the number jumps to 100.
An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) refers to an act of sexually abusing a child for economic gains. A child is sexually abused by an adult for remuneration in cash or kind to the child or a third person or persons. Here, the child is treated as a sexual and a commercial object.
Of the endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2012, 1 out of 8 were likely child sex trafficking victims.
As of December 2012, the NCMEC CyberTipline has received more than 1.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation since it was launched in 1998.
ICAC Task Forces noted a more than 1,000 percent increase in complaints of child prostitution from 2004 to 2008.
Federal law (18 U.S.C. §2256(8)) defines child pornography as any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture or computer/computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical or other means, of sexually explicit conduct, where the:
Production of the visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct,
Visual depiction is a digital image or computer/computer-generated image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, or
Visual depiction has been created, adapted or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which helps to identify and locate children in pornography photos and videos, says its staff reviewed more than 10.5 million images in 2009 alone.
Recent technological advances such as smart phones, thumb drives and cloud computing have made it easier for offenders to collect, store and trade child pornography. Other technological tools such as anonymizers and encryption have enhanced the ability of offenders to evade detection by law enforcement.
The size of an offender’s collection of images of child sexual exploitation is not merely a reflection of these technological advances. Their collection may also suggest an active participation in the child pornography market — a market in which the demand for images fuels the ongoing, abhorrent sexual abuse of children.
In 2006 U.S. attorneys handled 82.8 percent more child pornography cases than they had in 1994.
As of July 2013, NCMEC”s Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 90 million child pornography images since it was created in 2002.
Online Enticement of Children for Sexual Acts
It is a crime to use the Internet to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child younger than the age of 18 to meet for sexual acts or to attempt to arrange such a meeting (18 U.S.C. §2422(b)).
93 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online.
Of children five years old and younger who use the Internet, 80 percent use it at least once a week.
One in 25 children ages 10 to 17 received an online sexual solicitation where the solicitor tried to make offline contact.
Four percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude messages to others via text message.
15 percent of cell phone owning teens ages 12 to 17 say they have received sexually suggestive nude/semi-nude images of someone they know via text.
State and local law enforcement agencies involved in Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces reported a 230 percent increase in the number of documented complaints of online enticement of children from 2004 to 2008.