February 25, 2016

These Hotels Are Getting Out of the Pornography Business

Dawn Hawkins and Lisa Thompson discuss the numerous hotels that have removed on-demand pornography options as a result of the Dirty Dozen List and public pressure.


Starwood Hotel & Resorts (which owns brands like Sheraton and Westin) and InterContinental Hotels Group (which owns brands like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza) have both committed to removing all on-demand pornography from guest rooms worldwide.

This incredible success comes after the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s on-going efforts to clean up the hotel industry. Due to NCOSE’s work, last year both Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Worldwide created new policies to remove all pay-per-view pornography.

It is great news that these companies are cleaning up their act, especially considering the types of extreme content that they have distributed in the past. During the research phase of the Dirty Dozen List, NCOSE found 8 pages worth of pornography movie titles at a hotel. These pornographic movie titles included themes of violence, racism, incest, and youth exploitation.

While customers can still access pornography on their computers, it is significant then that these mainstream businesses no longer have a side business in pornography.

The Starwood and IHG polices impact 11,460 hotels around the world. That’s almost 2 million guest rooms that will no longer have pornography.

What’s even more important to realize is that the entire narrative around the distribution of pornography is changing.

InterContinental Hotels Group specifically recognized in its statement that pornography is a form of sexual exploitation, and in order to be socially response it chose to re-enforce its policies to prohibit pornography.

You can thank hotels that are getting rid of pornography here:

Haley Halverson

Director of Communications

Haley Halverson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing. She is also the host of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internship experiences in the DC area.

Haley has spoken at the United Nations and has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Post, BBC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, the Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

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