August 18, 2015

The Blaze: ‘Pornified Culture’: Hotel Chain’s Major Decision About the Future of On-Demand TV Porn Inside Every One of Its Guest Rooms

Update: A Hilton Worldwide spokesperson confirmed the decision to remove porn in a statement to TheBlaze:

We are making immediate changes to our global brand standards to eliminate adult video-on-demand entertainment in all our hotels worldwide. While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts. We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including Wi-Fi on personal devices. However, we have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.

Hawkins said that the company explained at the meeting that it can take quite some time to make such a sweeping removal at every property, though she expressed her surprise at the subsequent speed of implementation.

“We honestly expected this to take longer, even though they seemed favorable,” she said. “We are grateful that they moved this policy through rather quickly as they announced to us [on Monday] that all Hilton Worldwide locations were notified [Monday] of this policy change.”

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation recently teamed up with Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of famed newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and scored a separate victory against Cosmopolitan Magazine, convincing Rite Aid and Delhaize America store chains to put the magazine behind blinders in an effort to protect kids from sexually graphic content.

The latest move by Hilton Worldwide comes as Hawkins warns that “we are experiencing a public health crisis from pornography.”

“Research and sadly real-life experiences show that adults and children are developing lifelong addictions and thanks to our pornified culture, sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence are on the rise,” she said. “We must not stand for corporate or government policies which contribute to and facilitate this exploitation.”

Hawkins expressed gratitude to Hilton Worldwide for its decision to “put dignity above profits,” and expressed hopefulness that other companies will follow suit.

Under the new regulations, Hilton hotels reportedly will not be allowed to make new on-demand adult video agreements as of September 1 of this year and, as of July 1, 2016, all adult content must be officially discontinued at all properties worldwide.

The move comes after Hilton was added to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s “Dirty Dozen List” in 2013, a website tracking project that recaps “twelve mainstream organizations contributing to sexual exploitation,” according to a press release; Hilton has now been removed.

Other companies, organizations and agencies that remain on the list are: American Apparel, the Department of Justice, Facebook and Cosmo Magazine, among others.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian non-profit and the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography.

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