September 29, 2015

Thank You Sheriff Dart for Your Actions Against Prostitution Advertising Website, Backpage

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has gathered signatures and thank you notes to Sheriff Tom Dart for his efforts to combat Backpage, a website that advertises the sale of men, women, and children for sex. Many organizations dedicated to fighting against exploitation have taken part in this campaign in order to support Sherriff Dart.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Dart wrote to major credit card companies, MasterCard and Visa, asking them to cut ties with Backpage due to their “adult” section which regularly features ads for prostitutes, and even sex trafficking victims. As a result of his efforts, MasterCard and Visa no longer allow their credit cards to be used for these advertisements. This is a major victory for the movement!

As can be expected, Backpage soon retaliated against Sheriff Dart and began pouringThank you, Sheriff Dart~-2 resources into defending their facilitation of exploitation.

NCOSE wants Sheriff Dart to know that he is not alone. There is a strong network of supporters behind him, who share his goal to protect the most vulnerable in society.

Many supporters wrote encouraging notes to Sheriff Dart during the 2nd Annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, such as:

  • “A man of strength and integrity, you are admired for your boldness. We support you for influencing your peers and protecting the weak.”
  • “Thank you for doing the right thing. We stand with you.”
  • “Thank you for your innovative and tireless work to fight this atrocity.”
  • “Your leadership means the world to us, and to countless victims.”
  • “Keep up the great advocacy! Outstanding work.”
  • “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

“The National Center on Sexual Exploitation thanks Sheriff Dart for his bold and dedicated leadership against sexploiters like,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE.

NCOSE is demanding that Backpage stop the prostitution and sex trafficking activities on its website by eliminating their “adult” services page. To learn more about why Backpage is on NCOSE’s Dirty Dozen list go to:

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President and Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation in the UK, and a Vice President at the U.S. based National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She leads international efforts and joint campaigns to improve policies and education among global governing bodies, citizenry, and corporations regarding the full web of sexual exploitation issues. Her advocacy work has contributed to policy improvements in social media, online advertising, retail, and hotel industries. She has advocated at the United Nations, led international coalition campaigns, presented to Danish, Croatian, Colombian and Rwandan government officials, and more

She is a former member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for a cultural media outlet. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post,, Washington Examiner,, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and ViolenceShe has also contributed to a digital middle school curriculum regarding the links between sex trafficking and pornography as well as the public health impacts of sex trafficking.

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