For too long, male sexual exploitation victims have been overlooked. The media, politicians, and society at large have all failed to adequately address the experiences of boys and men involving sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse, sexual objectification, or early childhood exposure to pornography. As a result, countless men and boys suffer in silence without receiving the appropriate services for recovery.

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation will present this critical  National Symposium on September 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. The event is hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Washington College, and The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking

WHERE: Miracle Theater, 535 8th St SE, Washington, DC

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2017, 9am – 2:30pm


This National Symposium serves to shed a light on the victimization of boys and men, in order to bring these problems out of the shadows. The complex web of sexual exploitation cannot be dismantled until every survivor has a voice.



Presenters for the National Symposium on September 8, 2017. Check back for more details on speakers.

Joseph Prud’Homme, Ph.D

Director, Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture

Washington College

Popular Culture and the Sexual Commodification of the Male Body: Problems and Solutions

Kevin Malone


US Institute Against Human Trafficking

The Sex Trafficking of Boys, Lack of Services Available, and Significance of Gay / Transgender Youth

Tom Jones

Founder and Director

The H.O.P.E Project

The Silent Brotherhood: Engaging the Issues of Sexually Exploited Boys and Men in America

Carol Smolenski

Executive Director and Co-Founder


And Boys Too: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys in the US

Alexander Rhodes



How Internet pornography is impacting a generation of young men

Geoffrey Rogers


US Institute Against Human Trafficking

The Sex Trafficking of Boys, Lack of Services Available, and Significance of Gay / Transgender Youth

Haley Halverson

Director of Communications

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Turning on the Light: Why Male Exploitation Needs To Be Addressed

Logistics & Related Events

The National Symposium, Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Exploitation of Boys and Men, will be held at the Miracle Theater, 535 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 from 9am – 2:30pm. RSVP below.

In addition to the National Symposium on September 8th, you are invited to attend these other public events.


September 7, 2017, 9-10am

529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045, ZENGER ROOM

Open to the Press and Public. Breakfast Included.

Send Questions and RSVP to Haley Halverson at haley@ncose.com or 202-393-7245




September 9, 2017, 10:30AM – 2:30PM

300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, Maryland 21620, Hinson Lounge, 2nd Floor, Hodson Hall

Open to the Public. Lunch Included.




Resources and articles from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Boys and Men Suffer, Too. It’s Time to Give Them a Voice.

Two years ago, I spoke at a press conference on the sexual objectification of girls through mainstream mediums like Cosmopolitan Magazine. I returned to the office high on adrenaline from a successful and well-covered event and then got two calls that changed my perspective greatly. THE PHONE CALLS The first was a young man in […]

Bringing the Sex Trafficking of Boys and Men Out of the Shadows

Popular culture rarely acknowledges the fact that boys and men are also the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Even some anti-trafficking groups are unfamiliar with this issue, with very few sex trafficking recovery programs serving male victims. Anna Smith, co-founder and executive director of Restore One, an organization dedicated to helping in the recovery […]

sex trafficking of boys

STATEMENT: Showtime Episode Depicts Rape of a Male as “Funny”

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE Washington, DC – July 10, 2016, the Showtime series Roadies depicted the drugged sexual assault of a man by a woman. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) denounces this scene for normalizing male sexual abuse as humorous. “If this scene depicted a drugged woman being sexually assaulted by a […]

TWC News: Males Often Victims of Human Trafficking

Original Source: Time Warner Cable News NORTH CAROLINA — A safe house just for male victims of human sex trafficking is set to open later this year in North Carolina, and experts say it’s a much-needed resource. Mark Blackwell, president of Justice Ministries, said, “In the past three years or so, we’ve had about 245 clients, […]

Statement: Human Trafficking Awareness – Men and Boys Often Overlooked

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE Washington, DC – This January is human trafficking awareness month, yet often the plight of male sex trafficking victims is overlooked, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE). “Sex trafficking victims are commonly portrayed as young girls, and so often male victims go unrecognized,” said […]

Hope for a Pornified World, Invisible Men, & Soft Core Porn’s Surprising Effects

Can there really be hope in a pornified world? Sadly, pornography is tearing at the moral fabric of America and threatens our nation, and indeed the world, in many ways. National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s President, Patrick Trueman reminds others that there is still hope and help in his keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference in […]

Men and Boys in Sex Trafficking Overlooked

Key points from three different resources: http://jjie.org/trafficked-boys-overlooked-underrepresented/ Males remain a largely invisible population within the dialogue on sex trafficking. According to a 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in fact, boys comprised about 50 percent of sexually exploited children in a sample study done in New York, with most being domestic […]

Russell Brand’s anti-porn video draws kudos (The Washington Times)

Anti-pornography groups are applauding a video made by comedic actor Russell Brand where he talks—seriously—about his past use of pornography and why he is worried about its social and personal harms.