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Encryption Blocked Justice for This Sex Trafficking Case, These Companies Don’t Care

Below is an excerpt from the written testimony of New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary in December 2019. The single most important criminal justice challenge in the last ten years is, in my opinion, the use of mobile devices by bad actors to…

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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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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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Blurred image of woman being filmed as a representation of GirlsDoPorn's sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking

Survivors’ $12.7M Victory Over Explicit Website a Beacon of Hope for Other Survivors

A civil lawsuit against GirlsDoPorn, brought forward by 22 women to expose the manipulation and outright fraud committed by the porn company, has reached its conclusion as a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on January 2, 2020—awarding them $12.7M in damages. Federal criminal charges of sex trafficking have also been filed….

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BuzzFeed News: A Group Of Women Sued Girls Do Porn For Coercing Them Into Doing Videos. Now They Own All The Rights.

Originally published at BuzzFeed News By Brianna Sacks Lured to San Diego by online ads seeking models for photo shoots, nearly two dozen women say they were pressured to sign dense contracts in hotel rooms where they were given drugs and alcohol and pushed into doing porn. A short time later, that footage was posted…

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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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Progress! We Met With Instagram About Their Problems With Sex Trafficking and Predatory Comments

We at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation recently met with a top executive from Instagram! This occurred in December, after 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 on Instagram to improve its related policies and practices. As part of this…

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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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STATEMENT: USMCA Package a Boon to Online Sex Traffickers

Washington, D.C. – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) calls on members of Congress to insist that language mimicking Section 230 of the U.S.’s Communications Decency Act (CDA) be removed from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  “As USMCA negotiations with the Administration continue this week, members of Congress must insist that language shielding the…

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The State of the Fight to End Sexual Exploitation in 2019

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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