I just filled out my SAP TechEd Las Vegas evaluation. I put the following in the “What else is on your mind?” section.
The commitment to sustainability was evident in a variety of ways and highlighted at this link…
While that is admirable, the blatant exploitation of women in Las Vegas is abhorrent. I realize that in no way does SAP directly sanction anything that could be categorized as such, but SAP and all the TechEd attendees (including me) are indirectly subsidizing this travesty.
I recently read Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and watched documentary on PBS by the same title (http://www.halftheskymovement.org). I would recommend them to you.
I know that it is unlikely that SAP will move TechEd to a different city. But you could take a stand just as you have with respect to sustainability.
This is difficult problem to solve, but acknowledging that it is a problem is a start as President Obama did recently at the Clinton Global Initiative.