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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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Carmen Caliente, in an Instagram video, explains how she was groomed and sex trafficked by Lanfranco Pescante and subsequently pushed into the sex industry

Carmen Caliente Explains How Grooming, Sex Trafficking Led to Life in Pornography

Sexual exploitation is a web of intersectionality that spans the globe and all manifestations of sexual abuse and exploitation feed into and off of one another. Recent news of predatory grooming, sexual abuse, rape, and sex trafficking allegedly perpetrated by a wealthy individual in Florida are more evidence of this reality. Lanfranco Pescante (Franco), the…

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STATEMENT – NCOSE Praises Department of Justice for Takedown of Top Sex Trafficking Site CityXGuide.com

Washington, DC (June 19, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) commended the U.S. Department of Justice for indicting the owner of the notorious sex trafficking site CityXGuide.com. A 28-count indictment against Wilhan Martono was issued on June 2 and announced today. After the notorious Backpage.com platform was shuttered in 2018, CityXGuide stepped…

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NCOSE Research Institute graphic for Demand Forum

Demand Forum, popular tool to curb sex buying, comes to NCOSE!

Men who buy people for sex provide the revenue stream—and thus the economic motivation—for all prostitution and sex trafficking. Their choice to engage in sex buying is the root of sexual exploitation. Without consumer-level demand, there would be no need for pimps and traffickers. Supply (victims) and distribution (sex traffickers) are symptoms. Demand is the cause….

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A protestor holds up a "Black Women's Lives Matter" sign

The Long Racism of the Sex Industry

The sex trade is a haven for racial violence in this country. It violates the most basic human rights of women and girls of color, largely with impunity, as it has for centuries.  Under chattel slavery in the antebellum South, enslaved black women were commonly raped by their owners and owners’ friends.  Sometimes they were…

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On Racism and Sexual Exploitation

On Racism and Sexual Exploitation

Racism is everywhere in sexual exploitation. Pornography is rife with racist material that celebrates the degradation of black women, men, and children. Commercial sex buyers are predominantly white men while victims of sex trafficking are disproportionately women and girls of color. Predators prey upon the people society has marginalized, which means minority communities are a…

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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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