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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation's August 2020 Dignity Defense Alert: Protect Young Eyes

Dignity Defense Alert: Leadership of Protect Young Eyes Helps Parents and Children

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is proud to honor Protect Young Eyes with our August 2020 Dignity Defense Alert for their leadership in protecting children online, and especially for their initiative in shepherding the EARN IT Act through the legislative process. We applaud Protect Young Eyes for their instrumental role initiating this groundbreaking legislation…

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Banner from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation's Dirty Dozen List page for the American Library Association

The American Library Association and Its Longstanding Pornography Problem, Explained

When most of us think about our local library, we picture a safe place for students to research, senior citizens to read, and children to listen to stories read aloud by one of the librarians. It is a pleasant picture. But, as many individuals and families enjoy the benefits of their local libraries, the American…

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The Way to Fix the Pornography Industry’s Rape Problem is to Abolish Pornography

In late June 2020, notorious pornography performer Ron Jeremy was charged with four counts of rape. Since then over two dozen more accusations against him have emerged. He is not alone in being called out in the pornography industry, as numerous other charges of misconduct perpetrated by men in the industry have come to light…

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Dignity Defense Alert_July 2020_PayPal

Dignity Defense Alert: PayPal severs ties with Pornhub

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is honored to recognize PayPal in July 2020’s Dignity Defense Alert for severing ties with Pornhub in an industry-leading move that proved PayPal truly does put “people at the center of everything [they] do.”  By ceasing to process payments to Pornhub, PayPal hampered a predatory corporation’s ability to perpetuate…

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