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Opponents of a bill in the DC City Council that would fully decriminalize prostitution in Washington DC (Bill 23-0318 a.k.a. The Community Safety and Health Act of 2019) stand outside of a public hearing on October 17, 2019

D.C. Poised to Open Floodgate of Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Under the guise of improving “community safety and health,” D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso, Anita Bonds, Brianne Nadeau, and Robert White have put forward D.C. Bill 23-0318 (a.k.a. The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019) which, if passed, will amend existing D.C. statutes to fully decriminalize prostitution in the nation’s capital. The proposed bill…

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Young female, possibly a teenager possibly an adult, lounges in a circular window (image picture regarding mistake of age defense)

When It Comes to Sex Trafficking, “Mistake of Age” Defenses Put Children at Risk

Adult men are purchasing children for sex in America every day. The least we can do is stop them from saying they did not know what they were doing using “mistake of age” defenses. States can pass legislation prohibiting traffickers and buyers from claiming they did not know, or were mistaken, about the age of…

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DC’s “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019”: A Trojan Horse Empowering and Expanding the Sex Trade in the Nation’s Capital

Under the guise of improving “community safety and health,” DC Council members David Grosso, Anita Bonds, Brianne Nadeau, and Robert White have put forward the above referenced bill (23-0318) which, if passed, will amend existing DC statutes to fully decriminalize and deregulate prostitution in the nation’s capital. The proposed bill seeks to decriminalize pimps, brothel…

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Photograph of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia where arguments for and against FOSTA were held

Opponents of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) Give Arguments to D.C. Circuit

The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) was signed by the president on April 11, 2018, and has been an incredibly important piece of legislation aimed at stopping websites from facilitating and promoting prostitution and sex trafficking. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, along with survivors and other advocates, supported…

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Young woman smiling into the camera while holding up a glass of wine (image representing a sugar baby on a date with a sugar daddy to tie into topic of sugaring and sugar dating)

The Dangers of Sugar Dating and Sugaring, Explained

What is “sugar dating”? And how exactly does it relate to “sugaring”? Does it have anything to do with these “sugar babies” and “sugar daddies” you keep hearing about? Is “sugar dating” actually a form of dating? Is “sugaring” prostitution? These questions and more are becoming increasingly prevalent as websites and apps attempting to promote…

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The Failure of Legalizing Prostitution in The Netherlands

In 2000 the Dutch lifted the ban of brothel-keeping and by doing so they legalized prostitution. The intentions were good: improve conditions for women in prostitution and combat human trafficking. Almost twenty years later, the Dutch have to admit their policy, which they deemed progressive and pragmatic, has totally failed. As the mayor of Amsterdam…

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Washington Post: D.C.’s bill to decriminalize prostitution would hurt the people it aims to help

Below is an excerpt from the article published in the Washington Post recognizing the harms of fully decriminalizing prostitution. Learn more here. DECRIMINALING PROSTITUTION has become a priority for the progressive movement, and the movement is slowly picking up steam across the country. That it seems to have found a receptive audience with the D.C. Council is…

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Bright Light on the Red Light: Exposing The Harms of Legal and Deregulated Prostitution

This panel analyses the harms of both legal and deregulated (or fully decriminalized) prostitution on prostituted persons, sex trafficked persons, and the culture. Donna M. Hughes is a Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program. She holds the Eleanor M. and…

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Advocates against sexual exploitation with the US Capitol in the background

It’s Time for a National Legal Strategy to Defend Human Dignity

Until we launched the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) Law Center in 2015, there had been no voice in the courts and legislatures advocating for human dignity and against all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. In the vacuum of a national legal strategy on these issues, pro-sexual exploitation lobbyists have stepped in to…

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A woman's hand holds a makeshift straw over a line of drugs

NCOSE Endorses New PROTECT Act of 2019 to Help Trafficking Victims

One unfortunate and under-addressed aspect of human trafficking is the use of drugs by traffickers to control and exploit vulnerable populations. Data shows that drug use and human trafficking are intrinsically connected and, in the midst of the current opioid epidemic, we are seeing criminals across the country use this connection to their advantage. That…

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