October 5, 2017

Pornography and Sex Trafficking Are Linked: Take It From the FBI

We got a call a while back that I think you’d like to know about.

One of our donors called our President Patrick Trueman to praise our work exposing the connection between pornography and sex trafficking.

This caller works for the FBI and deals with sex trafficking victims in her daily work.

She told us that she donates to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation because “if pornography was removed from the equation, sex trafficking would disappear.”

Her personal experiences comport with our research and policy work. Ending the production, distribution, and consumption of pornography would virtually end the demand for sex trafficking. She witnesses this concrete connection every day.

Your generous support enables us to enlighten our nation’s Congressional leaders, opinion makers, and public officials — and change the culture — so that our society understands what this FBI agent understands. Together, we can bring these connections into the light and change lives.

Will you help our efforts to stop sex trafficking online?

We just held a critical briefing earlier this week for influencers and lawmakers in Congress about the need to combat online sex trafficking. While Congress has potential solutions before it, they are being lobbied by technology industry influencers who don’t want any oversight of the online world — even when it comes to websites primarily dedicated to selling adults and children for sex. Now is a time we must act to educate policy makers, but we need your support to do it.

Together, we are changing lives, one life at a time. Please join our $20,000 fall campaign by donating now or in monthly giving pledges. There is much more work to be done, both to change major corporations and policies in Congress. Together, we are changing lives, one life at a time.  

Let’s create a world free from sexual exploitation.

 

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement.

As Executive Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a national strategy uniting conservative, women’s rights, child advocacy and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together raising awareness of the pandemic of harm from pornography. Her initiatives have led to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Verizon and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the harms of pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation and what can be done to curb the growing public health crisis resulting from pornography.

Prior to joining NCSE in February 2011, she was a volunteer working for several hours each week for Patrick Trueman, current president and CEO of NCSE. While volunteering for Mr. Trueman, she was employed by a political consulting firm helping businesses and political candidates utilize digital strategies to reach expansive audiences and raise funds. Her expertise in social networking and digital strategies contributed to the successful election of several high-profile candidates in the 2010 election cycle. Dawn has worked on a number of prominent political campaigns, including Marco Rubio for Senate in 2010 and Mitt Romney for President in 2008.

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and the homeless. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and two children in Virginia.

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