Council approves resolution in support of reducing demand for commercial sex; Kirkland joins “Buyer Beware” initiative

On January 20, 2015, the City of Kirkland City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 5100 as its formal pledge to combat commercial sexual exploitation and to support the “Buyer Beware” initiative lead by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Resolution recognizes that such exploitation, which includes sex trafficking, threatens the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults.  Kirkland’s anti-trafficking efforts will continue to focus on assisting persons being trafficked for sex and on enforcement of those purchasing the sex.  The City’s Resolution came about in recognition of January 11, 2015 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and through the support of law enforcement and community leaders from across King County to reduce the demand for prostitution, particularly the purchase of sex occurring online. To view the Resolution and watch the City Council discussion, go to, select the January 20, 2015 Video Link and select Item 11a.