December 1, 2020

STATEMENT – Parents Beware: Pornhub’s New Sex Ed Course is Free and Accessible to Your Kids

Washington, DC (December 1, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) condemned Pornhub’s attempt to masquerade as a legitimate educational resource with its new, free sex education course that is easily accessible to any child using the Internet or a smartphone.

Pornhub has been caught hosting videos of sex trafficking, child sexual abuse victims, non-consensually shared images, and racist content. Thailand recently banned Pornhub. Over 2.1 million people across the world have signed a petition to shut Pornhub down for profiting from videos of child rape, sex trafficking, and other illegal content.

“Pornhub is shamefully trying to buy public goodwill by marketing sex ed material – for free – to lure in more subscribers, and the result is that children will have easy access to Pornhub’s version of sex education. The truth is that Pornhub profits from some of the worst content imaginable. There is no amount of free sex ed that Pornhub can offer that can counteract the reality that it has profited from videos of victims of sex trafficking, rape, and non-consensually shared images,” said Dawn Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“Our children are already at risk of being easily exposed to pornography even without Pornhub’s marketing efforts. A CBS News documentary reported on this fact, and about the harmful effects pornography has had on children and teens. We echo calls from the #Traffickinghub Campaign and millions of others to shut Pornhub down,” Hawkins added.

Research has found mainstream pornography—with its common themes of incest, racism, and violence against women—is linked to negative impacts on the brain and sexual development, and is driving harms such as offline sexual violence, increased sex trafficking, and more.

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national non-partisan 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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