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Dirty Dozen 2016

Is the Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones Just Representing a “Historical Reality”?

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones, a popular fantasy epic on HBO, has become well known for its salacious depictions of sexual assault. Full nudity and pornographic depictions of incest have been the wallpaper of this storyline, and “character development” for male protagonists has often hinged upon degrading and violating women. In fact, last year there…

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Why is Amazon.com Hosting Pornographic Websites?

Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, has a shady side business. While the policies of this corporation technically prohibit the sale of pornography, its practices tell a different story. Hardcore pornographic videos are available on Amazon Instant, and many more are available for quick shipping through Amazon Prime. In addition to this, Amazon’s Kindle e-reader has already exposed children to sexually…

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Action Alert: You Can Send a Message to Amnesty International

What is a Thunderclap? Thunderclap is a tool that enables us to create a “virtual flashmob” in order to raise awareness about an issue. When you sign up you are scheduling the social media message “Prostitution is Sexploitation; Decriminalizing Helps Pimps and Sex Buyers! #NoAmnesty4Pimps #AmnestyInternational” to be posted on your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. These…

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Chatting with the CEO of Verizon about Pornography

Last year I landed my dream job—a position with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation! I had known Patrick Trueman and Dawn Hawkins for several years, deeply admired their work, and longed to join them in it. Finally my dream came true last July, and as it turns out, working side-by-side with them has been…

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STATEMENT: Overstock.com the Latest Company to Get out of Porn Business Amid Growing Public Health Concern

Washington, DC –  Jonathan Johnson, the Chairman of the Board for Overstock.com, confirmed that Overstock.com has discontinued all sales of hardcore pornographic magazines and videos on its website. This change follows the growing trend of major corporations changing policies related to pornography due to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Dirty Dozen List. “Overstock.com has…

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YouTube Continues Failing to Enforce its Community Guidelines

YouTube, for the second consecutive year, has been included on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s annual Dirty Dozen List. The popular video-sharing site returns to the annual list for the original reason: failing to eliminate sexually explicit and pornographic content—both softcore and hardcore—in videos posted on its site. While YouTube’s Community Guidelines clearly delineate…

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Petition Calling on Verizon to Remove Porn Gets Thousands of Signatures in a Single Day

In less than 24 hours, our joint petition with CitizenGo calling on Verizon to stop selling and facilitating pornography gained over 5,000 signatures! Since then it has only continued to grow, breaking past 10,000 signatures, and now nearing 15,000. Verizon has spent a fortune on advertising recently, trying to tell all of us that they rank…

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Women and Children for Sale: Brought to You by Backpage.com

For those unfamiliar with Backpage.com, it is a classified advertising website offering a variety of listings including everything from used cars and real estate to job openings. In fact, it is the second largest classified ads website on the Internet, just behind Craigslist. However, many have never even heard of Backpage.com. This is surprising and…

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Sexploitation-Free Coffee Shops to Check Out

A 2ND CUP www.a2ndcup.com A nonprofit coffee shop, A 2nd Cup (Houston, Texas) has two purposes: to serve great coffee and bring awareness and support to victims of sex trafficking. The shop brings awareness by connecting customers to information on the issue of human trafficking and connecting people with opportunities to volunteer with local anti-trafficking…

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STATEMENT: Senate Holds Backpage CEO in Contempt; NCOSE Compares Backpage to African Slave Trade Company

Statement by Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of NCOSE   Washington, DC – Led by Senators Rob Portman and Claire McCaskill, the Senate voted today to hold Backpage.com’s CEO in contempt of Congress. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds this decision and insists that Backpage be held accountable for its role in facilitating sex…

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