Dawn Hawkins and Lisa Thompson discuss the numerous hotels that have removed on-demand pornography options as a result of the Dirty Dozen List and public pressure.
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Starwood Hotel & Resorts (which owns brands like Sheraton and Westin) and InterContinental Hotels Group (which owns brands like Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza) have both committed to removing all on-demand pornography from guest rooms worldwide.
This incredible success comes after the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s on-going efforts to clean up the hotel industry. Due to NCOSE’s work, last year both Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Worldwide created new policies to remove all pay-per-view pornography.
It is great news that these companies are cleaning up their act, especially considering the types of extreme content that they have distributed in the past. During the research phase of the Dirty Dozen List, NCOSE found 8 pages worth of pornography movie titles at a hotel. These pornographic movie titles included themes of violence, racism, incest, and youth exploitation.
While customers can still access pornography on their computers, it is significant then that these mainstream businesses no longer have a side business in pornography.
The Starwood and IHG polices impact 11,460 hotels around the world. That’s almost 2 million guest rooms that will no longer have pornography.
What’s even more important to realize is that the entire narrative around the distribution of pornography is changing.
InterContinental Hotels Group specifically recognized in its statement that pornography is a form of sexual exploitation, and in order to be socially response it chose to re-enforce its policies to prohibit pornography.