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Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured with Jeffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Arrest is a Step Toward Justice for Survivors of Epstein’s Abuse

Ever since Jeffrey Epstein’s untimely and unjust death in August 2019, survivors, advocates, and many others have been asking an important question regarding those who participated in the sexual abuse and exploitation perpetrated by Epstein: Will justice be served? Due to Epstein’s connections with a vast web of wealthy and influential individuals, many have worried…

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STATEMENT – EARN IT Act Will Give Big Tech Needed Accountability

Washington, DC (June 30, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is recommending that Congress pass the EARN IT Act, which will establish a National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention to “develop recommended best practices for providers of interactive computer services regarding the prevention of online child exploitation misconduct.” EARN IT will…

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STATEMENT – National Center on Sexual Exploitation Supports Sen. Graham’s Encrypted Data Act

Washington, DC (June 23, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has announced support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) “Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act,” which allows for law enforcement to gain lawful access to encrypted data. “Encryption, while valuable for user privacy, provides a mechanism for child predators to operate anonymously and…

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STATEMENT – ‘Targeting Child Predators Act’ Will Provide Another Way to Combat Child Exploitation

Washington, DC (June 22, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) offers its support for the Targeting Child Predators Act of 2020, co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). In suspected cases of child exploitation, the Act would enable law enforcement to get a subpoena to…

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Screenshots of "humor" book that can be used for child sexual abuse grooming and screenshots of user reviews from Amazon where the book is sold

Amazon Hosting “Humor” Books About Child Sexual Abuse Grooming

One Reddit user was horrifyingly on the dot about the potential for a certain book series sold on Amazon — comprised of books with titles like Spank the Monkey Lends a Hand and Put Tony’s Nuts in Your Mouth! — accidentally ending up in a children’s library. While these books are technically marketed for adults, there…

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NCOSE Joins Brief to Prevent Backpage Owners From Hiding Assets To Avoid Payment of Damages to Sex Trafficking Victims

The infamous story of Backpage.com’s exploitation and trafficking of women and children is fairly well known at this point. What is little known, however, is the raging battle being waged in the courts to prevent Backpage’s erstwhile former owners from absconding with millions of dollars in illegal profits made from their now-shuttered sex business. The…

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Young teen boy with his face blurred

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

You’ve heard the tragic stories of men, women, and children who have been abused and harmed by the current culture of rampant sexual exploitation. But did you know that in uncertain and confusing times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic gripping our nation and the larger global community, the threat of exploitation looms even larger? We…

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Victory with Google concerning Google Images

Victory! Google Images Improves Search, Decreases Unwanted Porn Exposure

This time last year, Google Images, the site used by most people to find photos on the Internet, exposed children to countless graphic hardcore pornography images in less than 1 second, even for innocent or educational searches. Searches for basic anatomical terms did not yield scientific drawings but instead returned endless pages of images of…

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Laptop with an icon representing online child safety and a second icon representing user privacy and encryption underscores how the EARN IT Act can protect both

EARN IT Act Can Both Protect Kids and Respect User Privacy, Encryption

The EARN IT Act is designed to foster a safer online experience for children without threatening user privacy or encryption. Children today are at increasing risk of online sexual exploitation. Child sexual abuse material (often referred to as “child pornography”) has exploded over the last two decades, and predators are increasingly flocking to online platforms—often…

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Young woman on a Zoom video call with a censored "Zoombombing"

How to Secure Zoom Calls and Protect from Exploitative “Zoombombing”

As more groups and individuals turn to Zoom for video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, a problematic trend called “Zoombombing” is on the rise. Unfortunately for the many thousands (likely millions) of people who are using Zoom video conferencing for the first time for work, school, and socializing, Zoom isn’t as secure as it should…

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