Peter Qualliotine is co-founder of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors, a Seattle-based group dedicated to stopping the harm of commercial sexual exploitation. He is also co-coordinator, with Valiant Richey, Senior King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, of “Buyer Beware: a Partnership to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation.” Peter became involved in efforts to stop commercial sexual exploitation in the early 1990’s as a volunteer for the Portland, Oregon-based Council for Prostitution Alternatives.
In 1994, he founded the Sexual Exploitation Education Project, a non-profit organization that promotes men’s accountability in stopping violence against women and children. As program coordinator of SEEP, Peter collaborated with the staff of the Portland Women’s Crisis Line in developing a comprehensive prevention curriculum for middle and high school students on the issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and commercial sexual exploitation. In 1995, SEEP created one of the first intervention programs in the nation for buyers of commercial sex. Peter designed the curriculum and served as lead facilitator for this ground breaking “john school”, an innovative 17-hour experiential education workshop that addressed the demand side of the prostitution problem through the lens of men’s accountability. Peter co-authored the 2011 report “Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy Sex” for San Francisco based non-profit Prostitution Research & Education.
Valiant Richey is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County. For the last five years, he has worked in the Special Assault Unit, which handles cases involving the sexual abuse of children and adults and the physical abuse of children. Currently, Val is a senior trial attorney in the unit and is responsible for prosecuting cases involving purchase of children for sex. He is also one of two local coordinators for “Buyer Beware: A Partnership to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation,” a King County initiative funded by Demand Abolition. Val has conducted numerous trainings on sex trafficking for law enforcement, service providers, and the general public throughout Washington State. In 2013, he was appointed to the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Statewide Coordinating Committee. He has a bachelor of arts and master of arts in political science from Boston University and a JD from the University of Washington.