Problem

In the United States, a sexually oriented business (S.O.B.) is a business that is involved in the sex industry, such as strip clubs, illicit massage parlors, pornography stores, brothels, and more.

Articles About Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOBs)

How to get SOBs out of your community:

A Primer On Zoning And Licensing Of Sexually Oriented Businesses – Though SOBs have some First Amendment protection, county and town councils can AND SHOULD use zoning and licensing authority to control their negative secondary effects. SOBs can, in fact be regulated in a more stringent fashion than other types of businesses that have no First Amendment protection. (Written by Alliance Defending Freedom)

How To Get Porn Out Of Video Stores – Here is a blueprint for action against the sale and rental of hardcore pornography in your community’s “mainstream” video store(s). (Written by Robert Peters, President Emeritus of Morality In Media)

Studies on SOBs

The purpose of these studies is to inform and alert municipalities regarding the law on sexually oriented businesses and on ordinances that have passed judicial scrutiny.

NCOSE Campaigns

Individual Actions

The city-wide blitz and billboard campaign raises awareness about sexual exploitation. Individuals in any town or city can conduct this grassroots campaign.

coalition to end sexual exploitation

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) unites groups and advocates addressing diverse issues of sexual exploitation for joint projects and the CESE Summit.

 

dirty dozen list

NCOSE’s annual Dirty Dozen List names 12 mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation and provides easy actions that individuals can take to make a difference.

Law center

NCOSE’s Law Center exists to help state prosecutors address obscenity cases and to help city and county councils ward off sexually oriented businesses.

This groundbreaking campaign serves to shed a light on the victimization of boys and men, regarding all forms of sexual exploitation.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has developed this agenda to provide Congress and the executive branch with critical recommendations that combat sexual exploitation and preserve human dignity.

Updates

Sex buyers want to normalize Sugar Dating. That’s regressive and dangerous.

With sugaring, an aggressively regressive system has been normalized in our society to the point that we have mainstream publications advising well-off men on how to exploit young women for sex. In Summer 2020, a Men’s Health article discussed the concept of “sugar dating” in disturbingly neutral terms – including what a sugar daddy looks…

Image of a wealthy sugar daddy counting his sugaring budget for the sugar baby he is sugar dating

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…

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

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…

Letter sign that says "Not today #COVID19"

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…

Concerned young woman looks at a coronavirus sign behind a plastic sheet

NFL’s Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Promotes Culture of Sexual Exploitation

The Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was the NFL continuing its streak of promoting a culture of female objectification and the normalization of sexual exploitation via a glorification of strip clubs. The Super LIV Halftime Show—sponsored by Pepsi and a reflection of the NFL’s own values and priorities—featured stripper poles,…

Jennifer Lopez performs during the NFL's Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show sponsored by Pepsi

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