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Our 2020 Impact—With You On Our Side

With 2020 behind us and a new year ahead of us, we’d like to take a moment to look back at all that we accomplished last year.  At the beginning of 2020, we had a three-year plan to dismantle the sexual exploitation industry as we know it, from all angles—advocacy, legislative, and legal perspectives. Despite…

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The Stories of the Survivors Represented in Charleston v. State of Nevada

Bekah Charleston survived. Bekah grew up in Keller, Texas, as the youngest of six children. She comes from a good home and her parents have been married for 57 years. As a little girl, Bekah loved soccer, school, and cheerleading and she looked forward to going to church every week with her family. But that…

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STATEMENT – Nevada’s Legalized Prostitution Violates Thirteenth Amendment, Holds Women and Girls in Sex Slavery

NCOSE Law Center Will Argue on Behalf of Two Sex Trafficking Survivors in 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on December 9 Washington, DC (October 8, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) Law Center will be arguing that Nevada’s pro-prostitution law conflicts with federal laws that ban sex trafficking and violates the Thirteenth…

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NCOSE Law Center Files First Ever Anti-Trafficking Lawsuit Against Pornography Producers on Behalf of Survivor

How Cissy Steele Groomed Jane Doe Cissy Steele was using the internet to disguise herself as a talent agent from Royal Loyalty Management who was looking for models and actresses when she came across Jane Doe (not her real name). Steele then proceeded to prey upon Jane Doe by intentionally cultivating a sense of trust…

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Lawsuit against Nevada for enabling slavery through brothels

Lawsuit Taking on the State of Nevada for Enabling Slavery Through Brothels

Bekah Charleston was sex trafficked in Nevada’s system of legal brothels and is now seeking to hold the state of Nevada responsible for protecting the sex trade and enabling slavery. When you legalize prostitution, it creates a market for the sale of humans. That market then quickly expands as driven up by demand — a.k.a…

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NCOSE Joins Brief to Prevent Backpage Owners From Hiding Assets To Avoid Payment of Damages to Sex Trafficking Victims

The infamous story of Backpage.com’s exploitation and trafficking of women and children is fairly well known at this point. What is little known, however, is the raging battle being waged in the courts to prevent Backpage’s erstwhile former owners from absconding with millions of dollars in illegal profits made from their now-shuttered sex business. The…

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Why The “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act” Matters and Why NCOSE Endorsed It

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation supports the bipartisan “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act.” Right now, America runs an annual report that ranks and analyzes how well countries are combating human trafficking. Unfortunately, the criteria for this report does not take efforts to combat demand (sex buying behavior) into account, which reduces the incentive for…

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It’s Time for a National Legal Strategy to Defend Human Dignity

Until we launched the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) Law Center in 2015, there had been no voice in the courts and legislatures advocating for human dignity and against all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. In the vacuum of a national legal strategy on these issues, pro-sexual exploitation lobbyists have stepped in to…

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Independent: Prostitution could be legalised in California after case is allowed to go forward

A federal appeals court has opened the door to legalising prostitution in California. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco recently allowed a legal challenge to the statewide ban on prostitution to proceed. The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision to toss the case out last year. During the Thursday hearing, conservative Judge Carlos Bea…

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Utah Recognizes Pornography as Public Health Crisis: Ceremonial Signing with Governor Herbert

Full video of the April 19, 2016 Press Conference and Ceremonial Signing of SCR 9 by Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert recognizing pornography as a public health crisis Background information: Utah is on the cutting edge of addressing the pervasive public health crisis of pornography in America. On April 19th, Utah Governor Gary Herbert completed a…

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