Legislation

Changing Policies That Exploit

NCOSE’s public policy team aims to defend dignity and combat sexploitation through political advocacy at the national and state levels with bi-partisan support of all legislative solutions. Our task is both offensive and defensive: We must work to educate Congress and state legislatures, so policymakers produce legislation that prevents sexual exploitation and protects its victims. As often, NCOSE is compelled to combat bad initiatives that would, for example, increase sex trafficking by expanding the commercial sex trade—a real fight we’ve faced (and won) since 2018.

NCOSE is establishing a complete library of the best model legislation in America to stop sexual exploitation. We are growing our effort and are proactively engaged in the Congress and various state legislatures to promote our legislation and turn back initiatives of our opponents. This includes, cleaning up the Internet by holding on-line providers and platforms accountable harm the facilitate and creating policies that decriminalize victims of sexual exploitation while increasing accountability for those who do the harm – pimps/traffickers and sex buyers. NCOSE assists legislators and interest groups, on a national and local level, working to improve their legislative proposals. This includes providing model sexually-oriented business laws, internet filtering laws, model RICO laws, optimal prostitution legislation, nude dancing regulations, massage parlor ordinances, obscenity laws, child sexual abuse material laws, and laws harmful to minors.

Latest Policy Victories

Victory! Louisiana Says “No” to Full Decriminalization of Prostitution
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Victory! NCOSE Endorses “END Network Abuse Act” to Combat Child Sexual Abuse Material
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This Proposed Legislation Would Address Sexploitation in the Transportation Industry
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Annual List of 12 mainstream Facilitators of Sexual Exploitation

Legislation We Endorse

Earn It Act – The EARN IT Act entails a precise, surgical, socially responsible change to CDA 230 that will directly address this horrific criminality by effectively ending impunity for online platforms that profit from child sexual exploitation. The Earn It Act will finally introduce accountability for Big Tech.

Fix App Ratings Bill – This legislation is designed to increase accountability in the current app rating system. Many apps claim to be safe for children but instead, expose them to hard core pornography that is demonstrably harmful to developing minds.

CREEPER Act 2.0 – ban the sale, possession, importation and transportation of sex dolls resembling children.

End National Defense Network Abuse Act – The END Network Abuse Act would assist the Pentagon in stopping the Department of Defense’s (DoD) illegal use of the government network to view, possess, trade, and even produce child pornography. 

A Childhood Free from Pornography

We believe children should be able to grow and learn about intimacy, relationships, and love without the devastating influence of pornography which eroticizes violence and warps neurological development.

That is why the NCOSE Law Center is pioneering tactics in order to:

  • Promote State Resolutions and Laws – the public health harms of pornography are well documented in academic research, yet the majority of America does not know about this data. That’s why the Law Center is promoting state resolutions and follow up legislation to declare pornography a public health crisis, to raise public awareness and to lay the groundwork for future legislation. As of the spring 2019, NCOSE’s resolution has already passed in 15 states.
  • Push Back Against Children Being Used in Pornography – the porn industry overturned 18 U.S. Code § 2257 so they have less regulations on age records, making it easier for them to illegally use a 16 or 15-year-old girl in mainstream pornography. The porn industry gloats that they spent 1 million dollars lobbying for this change and they are actively working to dismantle other laws, unchecked by opposition until now with the NCOSE Law Center as their foe.
  • Make Schools and Libraries Safe – unfortunately, most schools and libraries have poor or nonexistent filters to keep children from being exposed to pornography. The NCOSE Law Center is working to create model policies that citizens can introduce to protect children and safeguard the integrity of places of learning.
  • Protect Kids on Social Media – social media of all kinds are rife with pornography, in addition to child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, sextortion, predatory grooming, and more. The NCOSE Law Center is striving to fix these problems by advocating on Capitol Hill and in states to hold these companies to higher accountability in ratings and parental safety tools.

Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act – This bill provides a simple solution by making the prohibition of the purchase of sex (which the U.S. has done itself) a requirement for meeting the TIP process’ criterion of “making serious and sustained efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex.”

Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act of 2019 – According to the language of the bill itself, it seeks to “amend chapter 77 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act constitutes coercion and using drugs or illegal substances to provide or obtain the labor or services of a person constitutes forced labor.”

Combatting Demand

We want to reduce the demand for commercial sex – which fuels sex trafficking – by promoting the use of targeted tactics by law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other judicial means. 

We want to reform prostitution laws to shrink the commercial sex market by increasing penalties for sex buyers and decriminalizing victims while providing exit services and opportunities for each of them.

The Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act – This legislation ensures that transportation carriers have the policies and training in place to respond swiftly and appropriately when incidents of sexual assault and harassment occur.

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The Numbers

300+

NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

100+

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

93

NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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Stories

13yo girl was abused and exploited on Instagram in her own home. It could have been prevented.

Young boy was groomed for sex trafficking via an online video game

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