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MindGeek CEO Feras Antoon, MindGeek COO David Tassillo, and MindGeek vice president Corey Urman (all MindGeek executives) face the Canadian Parliament's ethics committee in February 2021

Fact Check: MindGeek Executives’ Pornhub “Defense” Before Canadian Parliament

MindGeek, the parent company of online pornography website Pornhub, continued to face scrutiny for its role in facilitating—and profiting from—child sexual abuse and exploitation as its executives were questioned by the Canadian Parliament’s House of Commons Ethics Committee in early February 2021. The Parliamentary hearings regarding MindGeek were called for shortly after the publication of…

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STATEMENT – Twitter Sued by Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation 

Twitter Knowingly Distributed Plaintiff’s Abuse Videos and Refused to Remove Them   Washington, DC (January 20, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law Center (NCOSE), The Haba Law Firm, and The Matiasic Firm have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against Twitter on behalf of a minor who was trafficked on the social media platform that boasts…

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NCOSE Law Center Hits Twitter with Groundbreaking Sex Trafficking Lawsuit

Twitter, one of the most popular social media sites in the world with over 330 million users, has had a hand in the sexual exploitation of countless victims of abuse, coercion, and objectification on their platform. It is on behalf of one of these victims, John Doe, that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation Law…

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Hands of a person opening the TikTok app on a smartphone

VICTORY: TikTok’s New Privacy and Safety Features for Children

In January 2021, TikTok announced several enhanced privacy and safety settings for minors, making it more difficult for children to be groomed, sexually exploited, or abused through this extremely popular platform. TikTok’s announcement states “As young people start their digital journey, we believe it’s important to provide them with age-appropriate privacy settings and controls.” We couldn’t agree more. Since the…

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Still image from Rose Kalemba's Pornhub Story video (a.k.a. How Traffickinghub Exploited the Assault of Rose Kalemba")

Rose Kalemba and Pornhub: How MindGeek Exploited the Sexual Assault of a 14-Year-Old

At the age of 14, Rose Kalemba was beaten, stabbed and raped while her attackers filmed the entire harrowing experience. The videos of her violent rape were then uploaded to Pornhub, one of the world’s largest pornography “tube” sites which is owned by MindGeek, where Rose’s assault was immortalized for the millions of viewers the…

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Mastercard and Visa Cut Ties with Pornhub

Pornhub Falling: Visa and Mastercard Cut Ties with MindGeek’s Cash Cow

With Visa and Mastercard’s closely-spaced announcements about cutting ties with Pornhub (Visa’s technically only committed to suspending payment processing for Pornhub pending an outcome in Visa’s own investigation) on December 10, 2020, the façade of impunity surrounding MindGeek’s internationally known and inherently exploitative cash cow has begun crumbling in earnest. Visa and Mastercard have made…

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Image of a woman's hands as she uses Instagram

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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