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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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Commercial Sex Industry Takes Advantage of Unemployment Levels During Times of Crisis

During times of crisis when unemployment levels are subject to increase, sexually exploitative entities that are already well versed in coercion apply increased pressure on vulnerable women (and men) to use commercial sex as a way to make “ends meet.” The coronavirus pandemic is no different. As the U.S. and global economy have been rocked,…

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EARN IT Act Can Both Protect Kids and Respect User Privacy, Encryption

The EARN IT Act is designed to foster a safer online experience for children without threatening user privacy or encryption. Children today are at increasing risk of online sexual exploitation. Child sexual abuse material (often referred to as “child pornography”) has exploded over the last two decades, and predators are increasingly flocking to online platforms—often…

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You Can Make a Difference During Child Abuse Prevention Month

Have you heard the devastating fact that 1 in 10 children will experience child sexual abuse by the time they reach 18 years of age? In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation holds hope that parents and legislators alike will come together to protect children online. We have the…

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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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Screenshots of a Teen Vogue story on Snapchat, which was promoted in Snapchat Discover, that encourages and teaches teenagers to sext.

Teen Vogue Encouraging Minors to Sexually Exploit Themselves on Snapchat

In mid-March 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Teen Vogue (which has a troubling history with teenagers and sexual exploitation) posted a Snapchat Discover story about sexting under the guise of helping teenagers sustain their relationships from a distance. In case Teen Vogue has forgotten what a “teen” is: Teen (noun): relating to teenagers…

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To protect children from online sexual exploitation, we have to hold Big Tech accountable. Tell Congress to take action! (In support of the EARN IT Act )

EARN IT Act Will Help Protect Children from Online Sexual Exploitation

Why is the EARN IT Act important? Online child sexual exploitation is devastatingly real. The proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online is growing at exponential rates. The technology companies driving the rapid ascent of digital platforms have built and fed into a global tragedy of sexual abuse and exploitation that humanity is only…

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13yo girl was abused and exploited on Instagram in her own home. It could have been prevented.

Maria* was 13 years old when she first got Instagram on her cellphone. She had her parent’s permission because Instagram is rated as appropriate for “Ages 12+.” She loved sharing photos as well as “liking” and commenting on her friend’s images. She mostly posted about being in Girl Scouts, babysitting her younger brother, and going…

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Fox News: Instagram is ‘predators’ paradise,’ human rights groups claim

Original published on Fox News By Christopher Carbone A group of international anti-sexual exploitation organizations on Wednesday blasted Instagram as a “predators’ paradise” as a part of a campaign to call out abusive behaviors on the popular photo platform. “It’s time to #WakeUpInstagram, and stop a predators’ paradise from flourishing. Instagram needs to prioritize the…

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Girls Do Porn’s Exploitation and Trafficking Are Not an Anomaly

As the owners and key employees of Girls Do Porn are facing federal counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion, the porn industry is desperately trying to distance itself from the fact that it profits off of and is inherently intertwined with sexual exploitation, abuse, and trafficking. Even media outlets such as VICE,…

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