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ICOSE Raises Awareness of Pornography’s Harm in Schools to the Danish Parliament’s Children’s and Education Committee

In June 2020, Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at NCOSE and Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE) Haley McNamara submitted a letter to the Danish Parliament’s Children’s and Education Committee. This letter accompanied and supported the testimony of Heidi Als Ringheim from Media Health for Children and Young People and urged…

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

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…

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Example of required warning label for online porn in Utah

#PornWarning: Utah Blazes Trail with Simple, Effective Label Law

Darby Bailey was tucking her five-year-old nephew into bed in May 2020 when she noticed an iPad he had been using was still on. As she was closing apps on the device, she was shocked to find that, although her nephew could barely read, he had somehow managed to open Safari and land on Pornhub!…

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Pornhub equals Racismhub

Pornhub’s Darkly Ironic Claims About Racism and Social Injustice

As we have stated, “Addressing sexual exploitation means addressing racism and the systems that allow oppression and marginalization to continue.” In the continuing conversation about race and sexual exploitation, it would be impossible to stay silent about the largest internet pornography provider: Pornhub. In response to recent events, including protests for racial justice in all…

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A protestor holds up a "Black Women's Lives Matter" sign

The Long Racism of the Sex Industry

The sex trade is a haven for racial violence in this country. It violates the most basic human rights of women and girls of color, largely with impunity, as it has for centuries.  Under chattel slavery in the antebellum South, enslaved black women were commonly raped by their owners and owners’ friends.  Sometimes they were…

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International Centre on Sexual Exploitation wins debate about inherent harms of pornography at the Cambridge Union Society

ICOSE and Allies Win Pornography Debate at Cambridge Union Society

The movement to end sexual exploitation marches ever on, as the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation’s (ICOSE) Haley McNamara — along with journalist and activist Jo Bartosch and the spokesperson for FiliA, a UK-based feminist organisation, Raquel Rosario Sánchez — won a public debate about the harms of pornography while speaking before the prestigious Cambridge…

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Mitigating the Public Harms of Pornography in Africa – The Way Forward

The breakthrough made by the Internet in fostering education and development in Africa is astounding. To a great extent the Internet has spurred the continent to follow the march of progress being pursued by the rest of the world. By and large, it has facilitated access to information, education, and communication with ease. Nevertheless, it…

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Screenshot of letter from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the U.S. Attorney General and Department of Justice regarding the prosecution of illegal obscenity (a.k.a. hardcore pornography)

U.S. Bishops Call on DOJ to Protect Victims from the Exploitation of Pornography

In the vein of similar encouragements from members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, U.S.-based bishops for the Catholic Church have sent a letter to the United States Attorney General, William Barr, and the Department of Justice which calls on them to resume obscenity law enforcement. The letter notes the increasing and…

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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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Woman writing "girl power" on a mirror with red lipstick (For NCOSE article: "No, Pornography Is Not Feminist.")

No, Pornography Is Not Feminist.

Is there any kind of pornography that is congruent with feminism? Is it possible for pornography to be feminist? In spite of the research and data that provide a resounding “no,” some porn apologists still attempt to say otherwise. “Any kind of porn can be feminist if everyone involved is having a good time,” one…

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