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Opponents of a bill in the DC City Council that would fully decriminalize prostitution in Washington DC (Bill 23-0318 a.k.a. The Community Safety and Health Act of 2019) stand outside of a public hearing on October 17, 2019

D.C. Poised to Open Floodgate of Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Under the guise of improving “community safety and health,” D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso, Anita Bonds, Brianne Nadeau, and Robert White have put forward D.C. Bill 23-0318 (a.k.a. The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019) which, if passed, will amend existing D.C. statutes to fully decriminalize prostitution in the nation’s capital. The proposed bill…

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DC’s “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019”: A Trojan Horse Empowering and Expanding the Sex Trade in the Nation’s Capital

Under the guise of improving “community safety and health,” DC Council members David Grosso, Anita Bonds, Brianne Nadeau, and Robert White have put forward the above referenced bill (23-0318) which, if passed, will amend existing DC statutes to fully decriminalize and deregulate prostitution in the nation’s capital. The proposed bill seeks to decriminalize pimps, brothel…

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Photograph of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia where arguments for and against FOSTA were held

Opponents of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) Give Arguments to D.C. Circuit

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) was signed by the president on April 11, 2018, and has been an incredibly important piece of legislation aimed at stopping websites from facilitating and promoting prostitution and sex trafficking. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, along with survivors and other advocates, supported…

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The Failure of Legalizing Prostitution in The Netherlands

In 2000 the Dutch lifted the ban of brothel-keeping and by doing so they legalized prostitution. The intentions were good: improve conditions for women in prostitution and combat human trafficking. Almost twenty years later, the Dutch have to admit their policy, which they deemed progressive and pragmatic, has totally failed. As the mayor of Amsterdam…

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Survivors debunk myths about illicit body rub/massage parlors Survivors debunk myths about illicit body rub/massage parlors (still from video by Defend Dignity)

Survivors Debunk Massage Parlor Myths in ‘Defend Dignity’ Video

When someone thinks of prostitution, they may not think of the hundreds of illicit massage parlors—also known as “body rub parlours”—that exist across the world. Instead of working on the street or in a typical brothel, these sexually-oriented businesses operate like a typical massage parlor with one exception: the women there are paid for sex…

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Why The “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act” Matters and Why NCOSE Endorsed It

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation supports the bipartisan “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act.” Right now, America runs an annual report that ranks and analyzes how well countries are combating human trafficking. Unfortunately, the criteria for this report does not take efforts to combat demand (sex buying behavior) into account, which reduces the incentive for…

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Washington Post: D.C.’s bill to decriminalize prostitution would hurt the people it aims to help

Below is an excerpt from the article published in the Washington Post recognizing the harms of fully decriminalizing prostitution. Learn more here. DECRIMINALING PROSTITUTION has become a priority for the progressive movement, and the movement is slowly picking up steam across the country. That it seems to have found a receptive audience with the D.C. Council is…

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Bright Light on the Red Light: Exposing The Harms of Legal and Deregulated Prostitution

This panel analyses the harms of both legal and deregulated (or fully decriminalized) prostitution on prostituted persons, sex trafficked persons, and the culture. Donna M. Hughes is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program. She holds the Eleanor M. and…

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WATCH: 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit Presentations

As passionate advocates in the fight to #EndExploitation, we know you are well-served by having the best knowledge, research, data, information, and analysis at your disposal. That’s why we’re excited to announce that all sessions from the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit are now available to be watched and shared—for free! The content…

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Shadowy male figure highlighted in dim red light representing Jeffrey Epstein and other sex buyers as a part of an op-ed countering Teen Vogue's "Why Sex Work Is Real Work" article

Jeffrey Epstein Proved Why Teen Vogue’s “Sex Work is Real Work” is Harmful

Not many people are as unfathomably wealthy as Jeffrey Epstein was. But, in a gut-wrenching tragedy of twisted logic, there is an increasing amount of advocacy in favor of allowing people to buy sex like Jeffrey Epstein did–because, according to Teen Vogue (among others), “sex work is real work.” Even as public awareness and pressure…

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