The Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (WAASE) formed in October 2012 following a report on prostitution by the Worcester Police Department. The Alliance includes the City’s Division of Public Health, law enforcement, hospitals, colleges, a dozen community-based organizations, and substance abuse treatment and recovery organizations.
Working groups cover supporting people with lived experience, criminal justice and legal advocacy, and research, data, & evaluation.
The mission of the Worcester Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation is to develop prevention and intervention strategies designed to address sex trafficking in greater Worcester. We identify and respond to victims, survivors, traffickers, buyers, and facilitators in order to improve the health and wellness of our community. Our collective vision is the elimination of sex trafficking in Greater Worcester. We envision a community that recognizes sex trafficking as a crime; considers traffickers, buyers, and facilitators as criminals; and, treats victims and survivors with dignity and respect.