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The Washington Examiner: Hugh Hefner’s true legacy: mainstreaming the sexual objectification of women

With Hugh Hefner’s death, the media has erupted in praise for his alleged contributions to society through the pornography magazine he founded, Playboy. In reality, Hugh Hefner leaves behind a colossal legacy of sexual exploitation. Playboy popularized the commodification of the female body in soft-core pornography magazines in the 1950s, and it laid the groundwork for […]

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Issue: Pornography Harms

American Conservative Magazine: Casting New Light on Sexual Exploitation of Men and Boys

By Emile Doak, September 12, 2017 The term ‘sexual exploitation’ tends to conjure notions of young girls being taken, a la the Liam Neeson movie franchise, into sexual slavery. This sort of sexual exploitation is indeed a massive problem worldwide, including here in the United States. And while there is still much work to do to end […]

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Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Exploitation of Boys and Men

Townhall: Advocates Raise Awareness about the Hidden and Ignored Suffering of Male Sex Trafficking Victims

By Loretta Brown, September 7, 2017 Washington, D.C. – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Washington College, and The U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking held a historic press conference at the National Press Club Thursday to kick off the first ever symposium on the sexual exploitation harming boys and men. The government, NGOs, and society at […]

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Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Exploitation of Boys and Men

Columbia Daily Tribune: We must fight back against sex trafficking

By Vicky Hartzler, July 2, 2017 Sex trafficking is a serious problem we must address now. On issues like the budget, trade agreements or tax breaks, reasonable people can agree to disagree in good faith. But some topics bring people together because it is so wrong. Sex trafficking is one of those issues. For those unaware of […]

Columbia Daily Tribune

Investigative Report: School Resources Exposing Children to Explicit Material

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE WBRC FOX6 News – Birmingham, AL An investigative report is already making waves, and instigating change. WBRC Fox6 News recently did an exposé about EBSCO Information Services, a school online library database that is on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Dirty Dozen List for its role in exposing elementary and middle school […]

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2017 Dirty Dozen List: EBSCO

STATEMENT: Snapchat Improves Policy on Graphic, Risqué Stories

Washington DC – Monday Snapchat updated its guidelines for Discover publishers to discourage click bait and announced that in February Snapchat will give publishers a tool that allows them to age-gate content, or stop minors from seeing specific content. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) declares this change a victory for those advocating for a […]

National Catholic Register: Sessions Says Obscenity Cases Should Be ‘Vigorously Prosecuted’

Trump attorney general pick said smut should ‘continue to be effectively and vigorously prosecuted in the cases that are appropriate.’ National Catholic Register. Matt Hadro/CNA/EWTN News WASHINGTON — The new nominee for U.S. attorney general has said that he would “vigorously” enforce obscenity laws, a move which one expert described as a step forward in […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: The Watch List – DOJ – Defend Justice

Houston Chronicle: Officials vow zero tolerance for human trafficking around Super Bowl, afterward

Excerpt from article in the Houston Chronicle  Houston’s mayor and regional law-enforcement officials said Thursday they plan to increase resources to combat human trafficking in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl — and continue aggressive enforcement after the big game is over. The crime, which includes sex and labor trafficking, is a problem […]

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

ARS TECHNIA: Backpage CEO arrested, accused of running “world’s top online brothel”

Ars Technica David Kravets – October, 7, 2016 The embattled CEO of, Carl Ferrer, was arrested Thursday and accused of running an online ad portal that facilitated prostitution and the pimping of young children into sexual servitude. “Raking in millions of dollars from the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable victims is outrageous, despicable, and illegal, California […]

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

DESERET NEWS: The dark reason why HBO’s new ‘Westworld’ is exactly like ‘Game of Thrones’

By Herb Scribner Published: Oct. 3, 2016 HBO’s new hit show “Westworld” debuted on Sunday night, and apparently it’s not all that different from “Game of Thrones” — and not in a good way. The new show, based on a 1973 Michael Crichton novel, tells the story of a futuristic amusement park that includes robot hosts […]

Issue: Objectification

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