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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.

Current Projects Include:

NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON

Here are some of our current projects:

Updates

ICOSE Raises Awareness of Pornography’s Harm in Schools to the Danish Parliament’s Children’s 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’s 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…

Mitigating the Public Harms of Pornography in Africa – The Way Forward

The breakthrough made by the Internet in fostering education and development in Africa is astounding. To a great extent the Internet has spurred the continent to follow the march of progress being pursued by the rest of the world. By and large, it has facilitated access to information, education, and communication with ease. Nevertheless, it…

STATEMENT – National Center on Sexual Exploitation Goes Global, Launching International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Washington, DC (May 12, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has launched a UK-based subsidiary, the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE), to confront sexual exploitation. “Sexual abuse and exploitation know no boundaries. Global governing bodies and corporations make decisions that cause ripple effects around the world, for better or worse. There are…

 

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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.