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NCOSE Director of Public Policy Testifies in Front of Bipartisan Task Force

On October 1, 2020, Dr. Eleanor Gaetan, Director of Public Policy at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), testified in front of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence. The task force, which includes Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Susan Davis (D-CA), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and John Katko (R-NY), was holding a virtual roundtable…

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Netflix Promotes Sexualization of Children, Racist Stereotypes with New Film ‘Cuties’

Netflix, the global, mega-popular streaming service, recently came under fire for the reveal of their newest film acquisition: Cuties, a French film dedicated to the hypersexualization of young children. In the now-updated poster and movie description, 11 year old girls pose in tight, revealing outfits on a glittering stage, with one girl even posing on…

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#TraffickingTruths: Realities of child sex trafficking!

Right now, we are experiencing a cultural moment centered on combatting the devastating and very real issue of child sex trafficking. However, despite the well-meaning intent behind much of this national discussion, many of the theories and social media posts being passed around are riddled with misconceptions that actively harm the anti-trafficking movement. For instance,…

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To protect children from online sexual exploitation, we have to hold Big Tech accountable. Tell Congress to take action! (In support of the EARN IT Act )

Help Us Pass the EARN IT Act in the U.S. Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the EARN IT Act Thursday, July 2, in a full committee markup of the bill.  Introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators in March 2020, the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act, S. 3398) is designed to increase Big Tech accountability for two…

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Senator Lindsey Graham quote about the EARN IT Act passing the Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous approval

The EARN IT Act Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Here Are the Next Steps.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is deeply grateful to the Senate Judiciary Committee which unanimously approved a stronger version of the EARN IT Act Thursday, July 2, in a full committee markup of the bill.  Introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators in March 2020, the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive…

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Screenshot of letter from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the U.S. Attorney General and Department of Justice regarding the prosecution of illegal obscenity (a.k.a. hardcore pornography)

U.S. Bishops Call on DOJ to Protect Victims from the Exploitation of Pornography

In the vein of similar encouragements from members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, U.S.-based bishops for the Catholic Church have sent a letter to the United States Attorney General, William Barr, and the Department of Justice which calls on them to resume obscenity law enforcement. The letter notes the increasing and…

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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

This article regarding the EARN IT Act is about the originally published version of the legislation. For the most up-to-date information about the version of the EARN IT Act that was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, please read more here. The EARN IT Act is designed to foster a safer online experience for children…

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To protect children from online sexual exploitation, we have to hold Big Tech accountable. Tell Congress to take action! (In support of the EARN IT Act )

EARN IT Act Will Help Protect Children from Online Sexual Exploitation

UPDATE: This article regarding the EARN IT Act is about the originally published version of the legislation. For the most up-to-date information about the version of the EARN IT Act that was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, please read more here. Why is the EARN IT Act important? Online child sexual exploitation is devastatingly…

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Young woman stands next to a neon sign at night (Why the United States Needs the "Human Trafficking Research Act of 2020")

Why the United States Needs the “Human Trafficking Research Act of 2020”

Human trafficking remains a major threat to public safety, health, and human rights throughout the United States, but the absence of solid data about its true scope and character impairs efforts to effectively respond. It’s been 20 years since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act established human trafficking as a distinct form of crime, but there…

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STATEMENT – National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2020: Twenty Years of Achievements and Major Tech-Related Obstacles

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. As the nation now observes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation reflects on progress made and work yet to be done. “We’re celebrating a remarkable milestone,” said Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Policy…

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