STATEMENT – Pornhub’s “Improvements” are a Farce  

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Washington, DC (December 8, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling out Pornhub’s announced “improvements” in response to the The New York Times investigation which highlighted how Pornhub profits from child sexual abuse material.

“Pornhub cannot be trusted: it has profited for years from rape, child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, and revenge pornography. The New York Times exposed Pornhub for what it is: a profiteer of rape. Any number of ‘improvements’ will not change that fact. Pornhub must be shut down,” said Dawn Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“Pornhub executives are liars when they claim they care about safety. Beyond their extensive history of facilitating and profiting from crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation, we know many survivors who have repeatedly reached out to Pornhub to have nonconsensually-shared material – as well as videos of rape – removed, but their requests were ignored. The victims of Pornhub deserve better.”

NCOSE is calling on the Department of Justice and Congress to investigate and shut down Pornhub, and since February 2020 has been in conversations with major credit card companies demanding they cease processing payments for the site. 

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

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