Why?

No corporation should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation.

Unfortunately, many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America do just that. Since 2013, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has published an annual Dirty Dozen List to name and shame the bad corporate actors in America that perpetuate sexual exploitation—whether that be through pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

The Dirty Dozen List is an activism tool that has instigated tremendous changes, leading to policy improvements at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Verizon, Walmart, and the Department of Defense (see more below!)

NCOSE will announce the 2017 Dirty Dozen List on February 22 at 1:00 PM ET in a live online press conference streamed right here.

At the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, we work for a world where the pornified vision of reality—with its raw, brutal, debasing, hate-filled themes—becomes intolerable to all those who have concern for the well-being of humanity, respect for human dignity, and affirm human rights. We work for a world where human beings are not bought and sold for sex, whether on seedy street corners or via the modern convenience of the Internet. We work for a world free from sexual exploitation in all its forms.

One way we do this is through the annual “Dirty Dozen List,” which names and shames a range of actors who contribute significantly to the normalization of pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, and other forms of sexual exploitation. The groups, agencies, and businesses named to this list are among the nation’s worst for masquerading as mainstream entities with respectable reputations, while facilitating access to, or pandering and profiting directly from pornography and or prostitution. Others push policy agendas that normalize egregious forms of sexual exploitation. This list ensures that their participation and collusion with the various aspects of the sex trade becomes public knowledge, and equips concerned citizens with information and tools to hold them accountable.

We will continue naming and shaming until these mainstream contributors to the normalization of sexual exploitation no longer stand in allegiance with pornographers, sex traffickers, and sex buyers, and join us in fighting for the right of everyone to live sexploitation free lives.

The Dirty Dozen Watch List serves dual purposes. In some instances, it puts entities on notice that they may soon find themselves named as a major contributor to sexual exploitation unless they demonstrate significant and sustained efforts to address their role in fueling sexual exploitation. In other cases, by placing an organization on the Watch List, NCOSE is affirming an entity’s positive step towards addressing its role in sexual exploitation. However, because some such steps represent only small progress in terms of the entity’s total contribution to sexual exploitation, or because we may have concerns about the entity’s intent to carry through with its pledge, placement on the Watch List also signals our lingering concerns about their commitment to ending sexual exploitation.

In 2015, Hyatt Hotels Corporation followed other major hotel chains in pledging to remove all on-demand hardcore pornography offerings from its hotels. But some of its hotels are still offering hardcore pornography. Will Hyatt carry through with its pledge to remove this material from all its properties?

For the past eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to enforce existing federal obscenity laws (hardcore pornography) despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and previously enforced. This gross negligence gave a free pass to producers and distributors of pornography and enabled the culture of sexual exploitation to flourish. Will the new leadership at DOJ take robust action against the purveyors of obscenity?

Verizon profits from sexual exploitation by providing hardcore pornography as an Internet service provider, through its FiOS television packages, and as a wireless carrier. They have even defended child, rape, incest, and racist-themed pornography as a benefit to their customers. However, Verizon has taken a step toward curbing its participation in sexual exploitation by creating an opt-in system for new subscribers to FiOS IPTV services. Does this step mark the beginning of Verizon’s journey towards becoming a sexploitation-free corporation?

Victories

American Apparel stopped using nudity and sexually explicit advertising for its clothing line and took extensive measures to remove these types of ads from its online and print catalogues.

Backpage.com, a large classified ad website notorious for facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking, recently blocked its prostitution ads in the U.S. While arguably a publicity stunt, this move was taken due to intense pressure for its role as a facilitator of sex trafficking. However, the site continues to operate and is arguably the largest facilitator of sexual exploitation in the world. For these reasons Backpage remains of the Dirty Dozen list for a third consecutive year.

Comcast improved usability and tightened the parental control settings for cable users. However Comcast is still distributing hardcore pornography, which is why it is on the 2017 Dirty Dozen List.

The Department of Defense stopped the sale of pornography in all Army and Air Force base exchanges. The DOD also ordered regular search and removals of all sexual materials in public and workspaces take place for all military branches.

Facebook has taken steps to improve efforts to block and report child pornography on its site.

The Fifty Shades of Grey film release was met with substantial opposition, including a viral social media campaign and hundreds of PR interviews to highlight how the series and film normalizes sexual violence. NCOSE’s 2017 social media campaign against the cinematic sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, reached more than 1 million individuals with the message that #FiftyShadesIsAbuse.

Google adopted a policy to prohibit pornographic ads and any ads that link to websites with sexually explicit content.

GooglePlay instituted policies that prohibit pornographic apps in their app store after the first year on our list, though lax enforcement of this policy followed. After a second year on the list, GooglePlay removed all apps in violation.

Hilton Hotels Worldwide publicly announced it would stop selling pornography and issued orders to implement this policy in all of its brand contracts around the world. It is expected to be in full-force by July 2016.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts revised their brand standard to stop profiting from all in-room pornography film offerings and has demanded that all of their properties comply. However, we learned that some Hyatt Hotels are still providing pornography through on-demand offerings. This is why Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in on NCOSE’s 2017 Dirty Dozen Watch List.

InterContinental Hotel Group performed an audit of their more than 4,800 properties around the world and insisted that all hotels immediately cease selling porn films or face the risk of losing good standing as an IGH brand. IHG made this move without having to be publicly named to the Dirty Dozen List.

Marsh Supermarkets, a chain of produce markets and convenience stores in Indiana and Ohio, removed Cosmopolitan magazine from its checkout lanes. As a result, Marsh customers can enjoy a sexploitation free checkout experience.

Snapchat recently announced that it will prohibit sensitive content, including overly sexualized content, within Discover, the publisher section of the app. However, given the extremely pornified atmosphere of Discover which Snapchat allowed to flourish, and other serious concerns about sexual exploitation on Snapchat, the company remain on the Dirty Dozen list.

Verizon removed the child-themed and slavery-themed pornographic films they were offering through their FIOS TV. In 2016 Verizon also changed its policy for new FiOS IPTV customers so that they will automatically be offered pornography-free television packages, unless customers specifically request to opt-in to such content. CEO Lowell McAdam told us that they will implement this change in 2017. While we wait to see if policy is implemented, Verizon is on NCOSE’s 2017 Dirty Dozen Watch List.

Walmart, RiteAid, Food Lion and other retailers mandated policies to put the sexually explicit Cosmopolitan magazine behind blinders in their retail shops.

YouTube launched the much safer YouTube Kids app, which gives kids a better protected space to watch age-appropriate videos without risk of being exposed to the violent and sexual content on the official YouTube site. However, YouTube still needs to make significant improvements to its monitoring and reporting systems.

Updates

Almost 11,000 Emails Have Been Sent to Comcast, Demanding Removal of Porn

Comcast is Hearing Your Voice Through This Action – Keep the Pressure on Them and Email Their Executives Here to Ask Them to Stop Selling Pornographic Channels and On-Demand Films. As of today, Comcast executives have received 10,839 emails through our action campaign, demanding that they stop peddling pornography via its video-on-demand and premium channel services. Keep […]

The 2017 Dirty Dozen List is Announced

NCOSE Names Mainstream Companies and Groups Facilitating Sexual Exploitation   The National Center on Sexual Exploitation announced its 2017 Dirty Dozen List today, naming twelve major contributors to sexual exploitation. NCOSE also announced a victory regarding Verizon. Why the Dirty Dozen List is Important No corporation or organization should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation. […]

Backpage: Exploiting Women, Children, and the Law

What would you do if you found your teenage daughter posing nearly nude on a mainstream website that sells women and girls for sex? Would you panic? Would your heart break? Would you do everything you could to get your daughter back? Would you contact the website and inform them they are selling a minor, […]

VIDEO: Comcast Defended Profiting from Racist Pornography, And More

Watch Our Video About Comcast: Comcast Corporation is an American telecommunications conglomerate that provides numerous services including broadcasting and cable television, home phone services, and high-speed Internet. Unfortunately, Comcast’s Xfinity also peddles pornography via its video-on-demand and premium channel services. We are asking Comcast to immediately stop distributing hardcore pornography, which causes a multitude of […]

Video: Twitter Needs To Address the Pornography, Prostitution, and Child Pornography on Its Platform

Watch Our Video about Twitter Here:   While many know Twitter as an innovator in social media communication, for years it has facilitated the distribution of copious amounts of hardcore pornography and aided in the promotion of prostitution. Media reports suggest that as many as 10 million Twitter accounts may include explicit sexual content. Twitter’s […]

The Case for Naming Comcast to the Dirty Dozen List

Comcast provides dozens of pornography titles via its Cinemax, Playboy, Vivid, Hustler, TEN, and Too Much for TV channels and subscriptions. All in all, by one review conducted in April 2016, there were 515 X-rated offerings on Comcast’s Xfinity. Many of the pornography titles offered by Comcast Xfinity contain themes of incest, racism, sexism, prostitution, […]

Pornography in our Schools! A New Culprit

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is blowing the whistle on a major problem of pornography in our K-12 schools! NCOSE has long been involved in the fight to protect America’s youth from pornography and sexual exploitation in our school system. Until recently, we thought one of the biggest problems was that the schools either […]

VIDEO: How Kids Are Being Exposed to Porn in Schools

Watch Our Video About EBSCO Here: UPDATE: EBSCO executives contacted NCOSE the evening of February 21st and have shared that they are concerned about the explicit and pornographic content accessible via their database and that they are actively working to develop new algorithms and better filtering systems. While EBSCO remains on the Dirty Dozen List […]

The Case for Naming Roku to the Dirty Dozen List

Roku, with an estimated 10 million monthly users, is a company that produces highly competitive streaming devices that connect to the internet and allow you to display content on your TV, including content from popular video hosting services like YouTube and Netflix. Roku offers “channels”, similar to standard TV channels, although competitors like Apple TV […]

Concerned Mom alerts NCOSE to the pornography available through EBSCO Database to middle schoolers

I am a retired PhD Immunologist living in Colorado and have followed your work. I have become aware of a situation that might be of interest to you. My daughter attends a public middle school, which uses electronic resources for student work. There is pornography embedded in our school’s subscriber resources, which are purchased through […]

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