October 5, 2017

Pornography and Sex Trafficking Are Linked: Take It From the FBI

We got a call a while back that I think you’d like to know about.

One of our donors called our President Patrick Trueman to praise our work exposing the connection between pornography and sex trafficking.

This caller works for the FBI and deals with sex trafficking victims in her daily work.

She told us that she donates to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation because “if pornography was removed from the equation, sex trafficking would disappear.”

Her personal experiences comport with our research and policy work. Ending the production, distribution, and consumption of pornography would virtually end the demand for sex trafficking. She witnesses this concrete connection every day.

Your generous support enables us to enlighten our nation’s Congressional leaders, opinion makers, and public officials — and change the culture — so that our society understands what this FBI agent understands. Together, we can bring these connections into the light and change lives.

Will you help our efforts to stop sex trafficking online?

We just held a critical briefing earlier this week for influencers and lawmakers in Congress about the need to combat online sex trafficking. While Congress has potential solutions before it, they are being lobbied by technology industry influencers who don’t want any oversight of the online world — even when it comes to websites primarily dedicated to selling adults and children for sex. Now is a time we must act to educate policy makers, but we need your support to do it.

Together, we are changing lives, one life at a time. Please join our $20,000 fall campaign by donating now or in monthly giving pledges. There is much more work to be done, both to change major corporations and policies in Congress. Together, we are changing lives, one life at a time.  

Let’s create a world free from sexual exploitation.

 

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

 

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

 

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and refugees. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and three children in Virginia.

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