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STATEMENT – Instacart Sends Vital Message to Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Victims

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Applauds the New Resources Washington, DC (May 28, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds Instacart’s new effort to add resources for its workers who may be experiencing domestic violence or trafficking. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation alerted Instacart to COVID-19 trends where pimps and…

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A man checks his phone on a dark street (Representing the return of The Erotic Review, an online commercial sex industry website).

Online Sexual Exploitation Creeping Back into U.S. Due to Lack of FOSTA-SESTA Enforcement

The passage of FOSTA-SESTA in 2018 was a major legislative victory for survivors of sex trafficking. It gave survivors a route to justice by providing a civil right of action. It also empowered state Attorney Generals to prosecute websites that facilitate sex trafficking.  Furthermore, its impact on the online commercial sexual exploitation landscape was immediate…

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STATEMENT – Jeffrey Epstein Documentary to Rightly Focus on Survivors’ Testimony of Sexual Abuse

Washington, DC (May 18, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is encouraged that the forthcoming Netflix documentary on convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will focus on several survivors’ own testimony of his sexual abuse and trafficking. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich will premiere May 27, 2020, on Netflix. “Survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual…

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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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Commercial Sex Industry Takes Advantage of Unemployment Levels During Times of Crisis

During times of crisis when unemployment levels are subject to increase, sexually exploitative entities that are already well versed in coercion apply increased pressure on vulnerable women (and men) to use commercial sex as a way to make “ends meet.” The coronavirus pandemic is no different. As the U.S. and global economy have been rocked,…

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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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Letter sign that says "Not today #COVID19"

How We’re Fighting Sexual Exploitation During COVID-19

Sexual exploitation is a tragedy whenever and wherever it occurs. One of the pernicious realities of sexual exploitation is that it does not stop, not even during a global health crisis like the novel coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Not only do sexually exploitative industries, companies, and individuals not stop during crisis, they often try to…

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Pornhub Offering "Premium Content" to People in Quarantine is Exploitative, Not Philanthropic

Pornhub Offering “Premium Content” to People in Quarantine is Exploitative, Not Philanthropic

Pornhub, one of the most-visited websites for online pornography in the world, offered free access to its paid premium content to those quarantined in Italy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not long after that, it extended the same offer to people in France and Spain. Since then, rather than continuing to roll out its troubling…

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Advocating for Victims of Sexual Exploitation in the Time of COVID-19

The sex trade is fundamentally predatory. Systems of sexual exploitation (e.g. strip clubs, illicit massage parlors, legal brothels, online prostitution websites, etc.) operate using a business model that feeds off of people’s vulnerabilities and traumatic events such as childhood sexual abuse, child sex trafficking, child neglect, sexual abuse within the foster care system, homelessness, and…

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STATEMENT – Tech Industry Encryption Arguments Against EARN IT Act are “Red Herring” Says NCOSE

Washington, DC (March 10, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation called on Congress to see through tech industry arguments against passing 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…

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