February 11, 2016

Dallas City Council Votes to Ban Porn Expo Despite Threats of Lawsuit

The Dallas City Council, led by Mayor Rawlings, voted Wednesday afternoon to ban Exxxotica, a pornography expo, from returning to the city-owned downtown convention center.

Needless to say, the Exxxotica expo, and the porn industry at large, will not be happy with the Dallas City Council the same way the East India Company was not happy with anti-slavery advocates. There are already threats of a lawsuit, so it’s important to make a stand, and let Dallas know it made the right choice!

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Despite threats of lawsuits, Mayor Rawlings and the Dallas City Council recognized that sometimes doing the right thing means having to confront unjust industries. The Exxxotica event promotes hard-core pornography and torture sex, despite the fact that it is sexually exploitive and linked to increases in sexual violence, sexual dependencies, and decreases in brain matter. Rawlings said last week it was his “civic obligation to protect the city and our citizens” when explaining why he proposed the resolution calling for the ban. He said that after hearing about a place in the Exxxotica event where women are tied up and whipped he realized that it had crossed a line and he could not stand by while Dallas accepted money in order to host the event in its convention center.

Rawlings’ argued that denying Exxxotica the use of the convention center is no different than other restrictions that the city is authorized to put on things like the size or location of billboards.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation assisted instigating a Twitter storm directed toward the Dallas City Council, asking them to vote no to hosting an event all about pornography:

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The neurological, psychological, and sociological harms of pornography documented in research are finally being addressed at a governmental level, and so now is the time to support those who are brave enough to stand up for human dignity in the public square.

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President and Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation in the UK, and a Vice President at the U.S. based National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She leads international efforts and joint campaigns to improve policies and education among global governing bodies, citizenry, and corporations regarding the full web of sexual exploitation issues. Her advocacy work has contributed to policy improvements in social media, online advertising, retail, and hotel industries. She has advocated at the United Nations, led international coalition campaigns, presented to Danish, Croatian, Colombian and Rwandan government officials, and more

She is a former member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for a cultural media outlet. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, 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 internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, 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.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and ViolenceShe has also contributed to a digital middle school curriculum regarding the links between sex trafficking and pornography as well as the public health impacts of sex trafficking.

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