The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography. As the thread of pornography in the web of sexual exploitation is systemically overlooked by society, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has prominently advanced this issue as a central pillar of its projects in order to promote more holistic solutions.

NCOSE embraces a mission to defend human dignity and to oppose sexual exploitation.

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Since 2010, NCOSE has instigated more than 93 policy improvements. Updates of recent victories can be found here.

A list of current NCOSE projects can be found here.


Before changing the world, you must educate yourself about the issues. NCOSE produces educational materials to help you get started.

Find lots of tools at our main website, Here are some highlighted resources we recommend:


ACTIVATE YOUR FAMILY: You can bring recovery and prevention into your home.

NCOSE’s Pornography Resource Center hosts lists of tools for those recovering from pornography addiction and their loved ones, technology solutions, and parents working to protect their children.

ACTIVATE YOUR COMMUNITY: Your local region needs your leadership to help defend dignity.

ACTIVATE YOUR COUNTRY: Make a large cultural impact in the fight against sexual exploitation.

Please consider donating to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

NCOSE operates on a tight budget and puts all donations directly to the cause of defending human dignity. With well more than a $10 million footprint, our mere $1.2 million budget goes far. 76% of donations go directly to programs, while 8% goes to fundraising and 16% goes to overhead expenses.

You can see a report of our finances here. Please see a list of our projects here.

Yes. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Sexual exploitation encompasses a wide-range of sexual abuse or utilitarian sexual uses of persons, regardless of age, including (but not limited to): sexual objectification, sexual violence, pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, child sexual abuse, sexual violence, and more. It includes any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes.

At NCOSE, we are keenly aware that these forms of sexual exploitation connect, overlap, reinforce, and fuel one another.

NCOSE is an abolitionist organization that contends prostitution, and all commercial sex, is a form of sexual exploitation.

Studies characterize the violence that animates prostitution as brutal, extreme, common, stunning, normative, and ever-present. Indeed, physical and sexual violence across prostitution types is pervasive—whether one is prostituting in Chennai or Chicago, indoors or outdoors, for drugs or to pay the rent, on a street corner, in a car, back alley, brothel, massage parlor, or strip club—both the threat of, as well as actual violence, permeate everyday existence in the zone.

Overwhelmingly, the persons purchased for sex are women (but also include male and female children, transgendered males, and prostituting men), and those doing the purchasing are men. Without question, the vast majority of physical and sexual violence inflicted on those in the sex trade is perpetrated by those purchasing persons for sex—the sex buyers. While sex buyers may be the principle perpetrators of this savagery, in many cases their exercise of violence is given license by institutions, societies, and governments that establish and endorse various regimes of legal and decriminalized prostitution.

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We care about the safety and well-being of those in the sex trade, ie: prostitution, stripping, escorting, pornography, etc. The website hosts a list of resources may be able to help individuals with short-term solutions and a range of emergency services that may be able to help adults involved in the sex trade. Additional resoureces can be found at

Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs

Pornography exploits both the performers and viewers. The performers give dubious amounts of consent, sometimes even qualifying as sex trafficking victims, where their bodies are commoditized and abuse on the job is the norm.

Research shows that pornography has lead to a shift in the neurological and psychological development of viewers. Most people are first exposed to porn as children and are unable to naturally form their own sexual template outside of porn’s influence.

Consent occurs on a spectrum, and most consent gained from victims of exploitation is done through force, fraud, and/or coercion. Rarely do those being exploited truly give informed consent. This is where the person consenting has a full understanding of what they are agreeing to, the consequences, and the potential risks. Abuse of power or taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability, whether or not they said “yes,” is exploitation. One may consent and still be sexually exploited, as in the case of a porn model. The motives of the exploiter must be considered.

Definition of Pornography:

The term “pornography” is a generic, not a legal term. As noted by the Supreme Court in the landmark 1973 obscenity case, Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 20, n.2, the term “pornography” derives from the Greek (harlot, and graphos, writing). The word now means “1: a description of prostitutes or prostitution 2. a depiction (as in a writing or painting) of licentiousness or lewdness: a portrayal of erotic behavior designed to cause sexual excitement.” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary [Unabridged 1969])

Definition of Obscenity:

The term “obscenity” is a legal term, and in Miller v. California, the Supreme Court established a three-pronged test for determining whether a “work” (i.e., material or a performance) is obscene and therefore unprotected by the First Amendment. To be obscene, a judge and/or a jury must determine: First, that the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; AND second, that the work depicts or describes in a patently offensive way, as measured by contemporary community standards, “hardcore” sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable law; AND third, that a reasonable person would find that the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political and scientific value. (NOTE: Typical “hardcore pornography” [e.g., a website, DVD or magazine] consists of little if anything more than one depiction of hardcore sex after the other [i.e., it’s “wall-to-wall” sex].)

Find a brief explanation of child pornography at the U.S. Department of Justice’s website here.

The pornography of today has created an unprecedented epidemic of sexual harm. Children and young people are being exposed to violent and degrading content, which by default has served as their sex education. Once a social or health issue involves problems that affect individuals or groups beyond their capacity to correct – responsibility shifts from individual accountability to holding the forces and influences that cause it accountable. While educating individual parents to guide and protect their children is always part of any prevention plan, the problem is well beyond what individual parents and children can do to protect themselves.

Like other public health issues, not all exposed have the same response. However, for many, repeated exposure and use is correlated to problematic sexual behaviors that can lead to porn-induced erectile dysfunction, divorce or failed relationships, and sometimes sexually aggressive and violent behaviors. Research is also showing correlations to violence against women, increased STI rates, and increased sexual dysfunction among young men.

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We are not currently advocating for new laws. Many of the laws already on the books would be tremendously helpful in curbing exploitation if enforced or amended.

NCOSE specifically advocates for the enforcement of federal and state obscenity laws. Federal obscenity laws, which are not being enforced, already prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops. Learn more about this effort at

NCOSE has also developed The Freedom From Sexploitation Agenda to present Congress and the executive branch with robust critical recommendations that powerfully combat sexual exploitation, protect human rights, and preserve human dignity.

Yes. Social and scientific research shows that pornography leads to a plethora of harms. It is our goal to help educate people about these harms.

Obscenity is not legal, however the U.S. Attorney General refuses to enforce these obscenity laws. Learn more about these laws here.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation
National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Images mean something. Every day we are bombarded with videos, graphics, and signs that convey messages, for good or for bad.

We at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation are proud of the message that our new logo conveys.

This logo embodies our mission to defend human dignity and oppose sexual exploitation by portraying both strength and hope. The column that runs through the center of the logo represents the historic foundation upon which NCOSE was built, under the original name of Morality in Media over 50 years ago. The color blue, the color of truth, declares our ongoing efforts to preserve our original mission to address the public health crisis of pornography and to oppose all forms of sexual exploitation.

Our favorite part of the logo, however, is the single individual who can be seen sitting on the steps of the column. This person has advanced several steps and is looking upward to envision a world where all are free from sexual exploitation. 

There is so much hope and optimism in this movement! More people are joining the movement to combat sexual exploitation, people are breaking free from pornography addictions, new resources are becoming available, major companies are getting out of the pornography business! We are eagerly anticipating a new year educating and advocating so that our vision of freedom can be realized!

We hope that you like our logo as much as we do, and thank you for sharing with us in this important and promising cause!

In short, no.

Although the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) was founded in 1962 by multi-faith community leaders, it now operates as a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, and research-based organization which leads a coalition of 300+ NGOs from diverse political, secular, and religious backgrounds. You can learn more about our approach here.

No, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, and research-based organization. We employ and work with individuals who hold myriad political perspectives and we lead the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation—a collection of 300+ international NGOs who also represent a diverse range of ideological backgrounds and worldviews. You can learn more about our approach here.

NCOSE was founded in 1962 to combat the growing pandemic of harm from pornography and to sound the alarm that many other forms of sexual exploitation would increase unless something was done about pornography.

Known as Morality In Media (MIM) for more than 50 years, MIM officially became the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s orientation, scope, and mission—which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.

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