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Student Debt Is Being Weaponized to Entice College Students Into Sugar Dating

By Tamar Arenson The tragic death of college student Mackenzie Lueck exemplifies the ever-increasing dangers of the sugar dating world. Mackenzie, a student at the University of Utah, was involved in the sugar dating world and had written in posts online that she had profiles on Tinder and SeekingArrangement in which she had explicitly stated…

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In 2019 alone, according to the FBI, 169 individuals were arrested in connection with sex trafficking

The Super Bowl and America’s Hidden Sex Trafficking Epidemic

The Super Bowl has a significant sex trafficking problem. In 2019 alone, according to the FBI, 169 individuals were arrested in connection with sex trafficking during an 11-day operation that was undertaken in conjunction with Super Bowl LIII which was being held in Atlanta. However, as deeply problematic as the trafficking that occurs around large…

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Four Problems with Twitter’s Irresponsible Policy on Pornography

Is pornography allowed on Twitter? In November of 2019, Twitter clarified its Sensitive Media Policy stating: “You may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within live video or in profile or header images. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted.” This initially seems promising, however,…

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Blind Eyes Opened: America has a massive sex trafficking epidemic

One of the problems encountered in the movement to end sexual exploitation is the fact that many people—most people, perhaps—aren’t aware of the problem, let alone the size of the problem. Even if and when they are aware of the problem, a common assumption is that sex trafficking is a problem “somewhere else.” Blind Eyes…

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"La Madame": a Colombian Instagram model named Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello was arrested for running a massive international child sex trafficking ring that exploited minors by selling them to wealthy men for the purpose of sexual abuse and exploitation

Child Sex Trafficking Ring in Colombia Shows Legalization of Prostitution is Not the Answer

Although some attempt to claim that fully decriminalizing prostitution would make life safer for women and children, real-life examples of exploitation continue to prove that young women and girls are at increased risk of sexual exploitation when prostitution is fully decriminalized. Case in point: In Colombia, an Instagram model nicknamed “La Madame” was arrested for…

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Why are Staples, Zillow, and More Advertising on a Sugar Dating Website?

Staples, Zillow, and Xfinity, have placed ads on SeekingArrangement (and therefore helped fund its sexually exploitive message).   Research has found that “the majority of sugar dating and other similar sex for money ‘mutually beneficial arrangements’ are illegal, as they are forms of prostitution, and state prostitution statutes should reflect this reality, regardless of the wealth…

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The State of the Fight to End Sexual Exploitation in 2019-2020

The fight to end sexual exploitation is massive and multifaceted, and 2019 was a year filled with victories and building momentum that bodes well for the movement in 2020 and beyond. These powerful moments and momentum from 2019 would not have been possible without passionate advocates and allies being willing to join together to take…

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Joint International Campaign Launched to #WakeUpInstagram to Sexual Exploitation on its Platform

Today three anti-sexual exploitation organizations from three different countries—the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (United States), Collective Shout (Australia), and Defend Dignity (Canada)—launched a #WakeUpInstagram campaign to call out rampant sex trafficking, child sexual abuse grooming, as well as adult fetishization of young girls on Instagram. “Earlier this year, YouTube came under public scrutiny for…

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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

Victory! D.C. Buries Sex Trade Decriminalization Bill—For Now

In a significant development for the movement to end sexual exploitation, a bill under consideration by the Council of the District of Columbia to fully decriminalize the commercial sex trade (including acts of pimping, sex buying, and brothel keeping) “will not move forward” according to Charles Allen, chair of the DC Council Judiciary Committee, quoted…

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TV Globo – Travel, Allowance, and Sex: Understanding the World of ‘Sugar Babies’

Haley Halverson, vice president of advocacy and outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, appeared on the TV Globo news program, Fantastico, to talk about the dangers of sugar dating. [Read/See Here]

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