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Some Major Victories From 2018

Have you heard? 2018 was a year of multiple victories for human dignity. Despite facing a constant uphill battle, you made these successes a reality. Here are a few examples: Fighting Online Sex Trafficking 73% of child sex trafficking cases investigated by law enforcement will no longer be openly facilitated by Backpage.com, the largest mainstream…

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CRITICAL UPDATE: Big Tech and Trafficking

Remember that HUGE victory our movement had earlier this year when Congress agreed to hold sex trafficking websites accountable? When we helped pass this legislation, known as FOSTA-SESTA, we were overjoyed! Except, now, we’re battling BIG TECH again. This time they are spearheading a policy laundering initiative which stealthily incorporates the same problematic language into NAFTA that we got Congress to…

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Melanie Thompson explains the importance of FOSTA-SESTA

Sex Trafficking Survivor Melanie Thompson Explains Importance of FOSTA-SESTA

Melanie Thompson is a sex trafficking survivor and anti-sex trafficking advocate who, in a recently released video, describes her experiences first-hand. Having been sexually exploited in everything from street prostitution, underground strip clubs, and auctioned off on online prostitution platforms such as Backpage.com, Melanie explains the extreme danger and violence presented by all forms of…

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Join us in the battle against Big Tech on sex trafficking

Remember that HUGE victory we all had earlier this year when Congress passed new, critical legislation known as FOSTA-SESTA to curb online sex trafficking? What a high that was! Except, now, we’re battling BIG TECH again. This time they are spearheading a policy laundering initiative which stealthily incorporates old Section 230-like language into NAFTA! If…

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Protections for Sex Traffickers Being Snuck into US-Canada Trade Negotiations

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation calls on Canadian trade negotiators to protect their citizens from a stealthy attempt to decriminalize websites that promote prostitution and facilitate sex trafficking by insisting on removal from NAFTA of language similar to previous wording of Section 230 of the U.S.’s Communications Decency Act (CDA). “As NAFTA negotiations with…

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Congress Strikes Blow against Online Sex Trafficking

At roughly 2:00 AM on a day in 1990, Patrick Trueman, then Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) at the U.S. Department of Justice, was surprised to find himself stuck in a traffic jam. Where was the long line of vehicles ahead of him going at such an early hour? Into the…

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Backpage CEO Guilty Plea Portend End to U.S. Sex Trafficking

Statement by Patrick A. Trueman, President & CEO NCOSE Washington, DC – A guilty plea revealed by multiple news sources of Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer portends an end to sex trafficking as we know it in America. The U. S. Department of Justice has finally struck at the heart of the world of sex trafficking,…

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president trump signing fosta-sesta

Abolitionists Applaud Presidential Signing of FOSTA-SESTA, Provide Resources for Sex Trade Survivors

Tuesday, President Trump signed H.R. 1865, FOSTA-SESTA, into law. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation welcomes this new legislation. “Finally, immunity for those engaged in online sex slavery is over,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Before FOSTA-SESTA, sex trafficking victims were essentially barred from the civil courts when…

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Indictment Against Backpage April 2018

On April 6, 2018, it was reported that seven individuals connected to Backpage were arrested and their property seized by the FBI. A federal seizure notice appeared on the website the same day.   Here is a copy of the indictment.   See the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Press Conference and Rally about the closure…

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Press Conference On Government Seizure and Shutdown of Backpage.com

Press conference and rally regarding the shutdown of Backpage at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit. Survivors, Advocates Celebrate Watershed Moment as Backpage.com is Seized by the Department of Justice Online Press Conference at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit   After years of advocacy by survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and…

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