May 12, 2015

Report: Who Are the Nation’s Worst Sexual Exploiters?

Monday, May 11, 2015

You Might Be Surprised, But There Are Some Victories, Too

What does sexual exploitation have to do with pornography?

Everything, according to the Project of Morality in Media and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Violent sexual crimes against women, and the demand for prostituted and sex-trafficked women are a direct result of the consumption of pornography. What’s more, the emotional and psychological effects on developing children and adults are well documented.

Taking matters in their own hands, since 2013, the group has released their “Dirty Dozen List.” Here are 2015’s leading contributors to sexual exploitation:

1. U.S. Department of Justice:  For refusing to enforce federal obscenity laws.

2. Verizon: For profiting from sexual exploitation through pay-per-view movies on FiOS TV (policy changed, see below), as an Internet Service Provider and as a wireless carrier. According to the Project on Morality, they’ve defended child-themed porn as a benefit to their customers.

3. Hilton Hotels: For providing hardcore pornographic movies in their hotels. Other hotels such as Marriott and Omni refuse to profit from them.

4. American Library Association: For encouraging public libraries to keep their computers unfiltered allowing patrons, including children, to have access to pornography.

5. American Apparel: For featuring nude and provocatively posed young girls in their ads. Update: As of March 26, 2015, American Apparel has been removed from the list after promising to change its policies.

6. Sex Week on College Campuses: For celebrating pornography, violent sexual practices and the hook-up culture as harmless fun.

7. For facilitating prostitution. is the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising revenue.

8. For allowing exploitation. The popular social networking site is a top place to trade pornography, and a haven for prostitution and sex trafficking.

9. CKE Restaurants (owners of Carl’s Jr. and Hardees): For using sexual suggestive and explicit images of the female body in ads.

10. “50 Shades of Grey”: For glamorizing and legitimizing violence against women.

11. Google’s You Tube: For allowing hundreds of hours of porn videos to be uploaded on You Tube each day.

12. Cosmopolitan magazine: For glamorizing violent sex.

The Recent Victories

By informing the public and publicizing the worst promoters of pornography, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation can claim a few victories, thanks in part to those who in turn demand policy changes from these organizations.

After receiving negative publicity from the 2013 and 2014 Dirty Dozen Lists, these organizations have changed their practices:

1. Google changed its policy to prohibit pornographic ads and links to sites with sexually explicit content.

2. The Department of Defense stopped selling pornography in its Army and Air Force base exchanges.

3. Verizon removed child-themed and slavery-themed movies offered on FiOS-TV.

4. GooglePlay prohibited pornographic apps in the app store.

5. Comcast tightened parental control settings and made them easier to use.

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

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, 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.

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