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PROGRESS! Instagram Takes Step Forward via Improved Reporting and Direct Message Tools

Instagram has made significant improvements to address the sexual exploitation and abuse that occur on its platform. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been communicating and working with Instagram for over a year. We are grateful to report regular positive developments from this collaboration following meetings with an international campaign led by Australian Collective…

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Senator Lindsey Graham quote about the EARN IT Act passing the Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous approval

The EARN IT Act Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Here Are the Next Steps.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is deeply grateful to the Senate Judiciary Committee which unanimously approved a stronger version of the EARN IT Act Thursday, July 2, in a full committee markup of the bill.  Introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators in March 2020, the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive…

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Tamar Arenson and Megan Lundstrom discuss the “Bitter Truth of Sugaring” and the dangers of being a sugar baby with World Without Exploitation (WorldWE)

Exposing the Exploitative Realities of Sugar Dating

During a recent webinar as a part of its Now & Next Speaker Series, World Without Exploitation (WorldWE) invited Tamar Arenson and Megan Lundstrom to discuss the “Bitter Truth of Sugaring” and the dangers of being a sugar baby. Both Megan and Tamar agreed that, while sugaring is packaged as a consenting relationship with some…

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Screenshots of "humor" book that can be used for child sexual abuse grooming and screenshots of user reviews from Amazon where the book is sold

Amazon Hosting “Humor” Books About Child Sexual Abuse Grooming

One Reddit user was horrifyingly on the dot about the potential for a certain book series sold on Amazon — comprised of books with titles like Spank the Monkey Lends a Hand and Put Tony’s Nuts in Your Mouth! — accidentally ending up in a children’s library. While these books are technically marketed for adults, there…

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Card companies must stop processing payments for the exploitative pornography industry

International Coalition Calls on Major Card Companies to Cease Work with Porn Industry

As detailed in coverage from the BBC, an international coalition of child safety and anti-sexual exploitation organizations and advocates—spearheaded by our newly-launched International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE)—has launched a trailblazing grassroots advocacy campaign against the exploitative hardcore pornography industry by sending a joint letter to major credit card and payment processing companies. The letter…

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How the new safety features for TikTok actually work

VICTORY! TikTok Updated Its Safety Features. Here’s How They Work.

Just a few weeks after our public announcement about TikTok being named to the 2020 Dirty Dozen List, the social media company announced that they would soon begin rolling out improvements to TikTok’s safety features—including some updates we had been advocating for them to make! Although there are still several safety improvements they need to…

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Man wears VR goggles in a dark setting

It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Steam is Still Selling Sexual Assault Games

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is an important awareness campaign highlighting the prevalance of sexual assault in our society. Here at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, not only do we recognize sexual assault and violence as a pervasive problem but we also recognize that pornography and pop culture – whether in the…

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VICTORY! Updates to Netflix Parental Controls, Explained

Netflix, the at-home streaming monolith, recently announced some key changes to their parental controls. After the National Center on Sexual Exploitation named Netflix to its 2019 and 2020 Dirty Dozen Lists due to severe issues with its parental controls, in addition to the graphic sexual content being produced by the company, we are excited to…

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Still from Netflix's "The Witcher" TV show

Netflix’s “The Witcher” is Yet Another Example of Exploitation in Entertainment

“The Witcher is known for its sex,” says The Decider (an online media outlet owned by the New York Post). For the uninitiated, The Witcher is a TV show based on a video game which is being produced and hosted by Netflix, a corporation currently listed on our 2020 Dirty Dozen List. The first season…

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Logo for the 2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit

Introducing the 2020 ONLINE Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit

For many months, we have been hard at work planning for the 2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit. This is the linchpin annual event for the worldwide movement to end all forms of sexual exploitation, and every year it is a source that springs forth new partnerships, projects, and victories. However, as…

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