UPDATE: Hilton Worldwide Removed from Dirty Dozen List

Hilton Worldwide, one of the world’s leading hotel and leisure companies with operations in more than in 85 countries, announced on August 17, 2015 that it is joining the ranks of competitors such as Marriott, Omni, Drury, Ritz-Carlton and Nordic Choice Hotels, with its implementation of a no pornographic video policy across their brand.

A statement from Hilton Worldwide said: “We are making immediate changes to our global brand standards to eliminate adult video-on-demand entertainment in all our hotels worldwide. While the vast majority of our properties already do not offer this content today, this content will be phased out of all other hotels subject to the terms of their contracts. We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including Wi-Fi on personal devices. However, we have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.”

Supporters are encouraged to thank Hilton for this welcome policy change. Sign this petition or take to social media to show your thanks!


Hilton Worldwide with brands including Embassy Suite Hotels, Hampton Inn, Waldorf Astoria, and Doubletree was listed on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s 2015 “Dirty Dozen List”¾ an annual list of institutions and corporations that facilitate in and/or profit from the normalization of pornography and sexual exploitation. Certain Hilton Worldwide hotels had provided hardcore, pornography movie choices replete with themes that included children, incest, rape, racial prejudice, sexual slavery, and extreme violence.

Such in-room cable services contribute to a culture of sexual callousness and violence, and posed a danger to children and families staying at Hilton hotels. Typically hotels that offer porn intentionally push the material on their guests by having ads for the material appear when the television is first turned on. It is well known that hotels are where many sex acts involving sexually trafficked persons occur as hotels provide anonymity and temporary accommodation. In addition, sexual assault of hotel staff is a regular occurrence. These factors make it irresponsible to purposefully provide sexually explicit material (much of which is violent, degrading and trivializes the need for consent) in hotel rooms, because it fosters a sexually toxic environment.

In 2013, Nordic Choice Hotels, Scandinavia’s largest hotel group, implemented a ban on all porn services citing sex trafficking within hotels as a major influence. “The porn industry contributes to trafficking, so I see it as a natural part of having a social responsibility to send out a clear signal that Nordic Hotels doesn’t support or condone this,” said Petter Stordalen, owner of the hotel company.

Unfortunately, many who come across this pornographic content are children who may not understand that it is intended for adults and will take it in as part of their education about the world around them. It can shape their sexual template from a very young age, whether or not they sought it out.

Aside from profiting from degrading, dehumanizing, and exploitative material, hotels that provide on-demand pornography are also breaking U.S. law. According to Title 18 U.S. Code § 1468 it is illegal to distribute “any obscene matter by means of cable television or subscription services on television,” punishable by law. It goes on to state, “matter that is obscene [is] … unprotected by the Constitution.”

In light of the pornography’s social impacts and the laws against it, NCOSE is happy to congratulate Hilton Worldwide for choosing to remove all pornography offerings from their cable subscription services, and thereby join the movement to end sexual exploitation.



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