OnlyFans Chooses to Continue Exploitation

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Washington, DC (August 25, 2021) –The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) responded to OnlyFans announcement that it has reversed its planned policy change and will continue to allow hardcore pornography on its platform.

“OnlyFans has chosen to continue its exploitation, despite knowing that it will face increasing criminal scrutiny over reports of filmed child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other non-consensually recorded sex acts being sold on its website. NCOSE remains steadfast in holding OnlyFans accountable for enabling abuse and exploitation, and we reiterate our call on the Department of Justice to join the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in investigating this platform,” said Haley McNamara, vice president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation.

“OnlyFans has verification policies that are useless in practice, given that a BBC investigation revealed that a 14-year-old was able to use the passport of her grandmother to create an OnlyFans account. If OnlyFans couldn’t distinguish between a girl fresh out of middle school and her grandmother…this ‘verification’ system is systemically flawed. And this problem is inherent because OnlyFans allows user-uploaded content, like other pornography tube websites, with weak age or consent verification of those depicted in the material. This problematic policy creates a platform that is rife for abuse and criminality,” McNamara said.

OnlyFans is on NCOSE’s  2021 Dirty Dozen List of mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation. OnlyFans makes money off of vulnerable people’s bodies – especially the bodies of women and minors. Exploiting financial insecurities deepened by the COVID-19 crisis, OnlyFans promises fast cash, empowerment, and even fame. While “Fans” may pay fees for nude images, videos, and livestreams, it is the “creators” who pay the high price of psychological, emotional, and physical harm that the sex industry imparts.

This presentation by law enforcement at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit explains more about the criminal activity rampant on the OnlyFans platform. 

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

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