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The global community is reaching a tipping point on the matter of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Less than a generation after the proliferation of the Internet and smartphones, the marketplace for sexual exploitation and abuse has boomed around the world. Pornography’s public health harms, including rising child-on-child sexual abuse, are impacting millions around the globe. Pornography is being normalized and promoted through mainstream multinational corporations and is being funneled into developing countries through technology give-aways. Pro-prostitution lobbyists are working around the world and in global bodies of power like the United Nations to either legalize or fully decriminalize prostitution, which research shows would result in increased sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, and they are funded by mega-donor organizations. And tragically, even when one sex trafficking victim is rescued, two more take their place in exploitation, because there has been no international plan to combat and prevent the root cause of the sex trafficking marketplace: sex buying (aka the demand.)

The International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE) works to bolster the global abolitionist movement.

ICOSE conducts joint international advocacy campaigns targeting private and public entities; educate governments, NGOs, and citizens across the world regarding the intersectionality if sexual abuse and exploitation issues.

OUR MISSION: Defend human dignity and oppose sexual abuse and exploitation across the globe.

Please consider a financial contribution to support this international effort.

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Updates

ICOSE Sends the United Nations a Report on the Harms of Sex Buying to Equality

In August 2020, the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE) sent a report to the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls at the United Nations in response to their call for submissions. The Working Group is currently preparing a thematic report on women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in situations…

International Collaboration Continues After the CESE Summit

The 2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit may be over, but the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation’s work is just getting started! After the successful CESE Global Summit, which hosted over 22,000 attendees from over 110 countries, there is incredible momentum for the global movement to become more united and active than…

ICOSE Raises Awareness of Pornography’s Harm in Schools to the Danish Parliament’s Children and Education Committee

In June 2020, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at NCOSE and Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE) Haley McNamara submitted a letter to the Danish Parliament’s Children and Education Committee. This letter accompanied and supported the testimony of Heidi Als Ringheim from Media Health for Children and Young People and urged…

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ICOSE and Allies Win Pornography Debate at Cambridge Union Society

The movement to end sexual exploitation marches ever on, as the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation’s (ICOSE) Haley McNamara — along with journalist and activist Jo Bartosch and the spokesperson for FiliA, a UK-based feminist organisation, Raquel Rosario Sánchez — won a public debate about the harms of pornography while speaking before the prestigious Cambridge…

International Centre on Sexual Exploitation wins debate about inherent harms of pornography at the Cambridge Union Society

STATEMENT – American Express Urged to End Transactions for Porn Company

Washington, DC (May 14, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on American Express to fully prohibit processing payments for the pornography industry in light of a new admission that AmEx makes an exception to its no-porn policy for one company. According to the BBC, “A spokesperson for American Express told…

 

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Headquarters for ICOSE in Cambridge, England

Please send any comments or questions to ICOSE Director and NCOSE Vice President, Haley McNamara at international@ncose.com.