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"La Madame": a Colombian Instagram model named Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello was arrested for running a massive international child sex trafficking ring that exploited minors by selling them to wealthy men for the purpose of sexual abuse and exploitation

Child Sex Trafficking Ring in Colombia Shows Legalization of Prostitution is Not the Answer

Although some attempt to claim that fully decriminalizing prostitution would make life safer for women and children, real-life examples of exploitation continue to prove that young women and girls are at increased risk of sexual exploitation when prostitution is fully decriminalized. Case in point: In Colombia, an Instagram model nicknamed “La Madame” was arrested for…

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The State of the Fight to End Sexual Exploitation in 2019-2020

The fight to end sexual exploitation is massive and multifaceted, and 2019 was a year filled with victories and building momentum that bodes well for the movement in 2020 and beyond. These powerful moments and momentum from 2019 would not have been possible without passionate advocates and allies being willing to join together to take…

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One News Now: Trafficking market restrained for now

Originally published at OneNewsNow.com By Charlie Butts Despite the Council of the District of Columbia’s latest lack of action, an advocate against sexual exploitation says the legalization of trafficking women and children is an effort that hasn’t died. The council was considering a measure to decriminalize trafficking, but Charles Allen, who is chair of the…

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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

Victory! D.C. Buries Sex Trade Decriminalization Bill—For Now

In a significant development for the movement to end sexual exploitation, a bill under consideration by the Council of the District of Columbia to fully decriminalize the commercial sex trade (including acts of pimping, sex buying, and brothel keeping) “will not move forward” according to Charles Allen, chair of the DC Council Judiciary Committee, quoted…

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TV Globo – Travel, Allowance, and Sex: Understanding the World of ‘Sugar Babies’

Haley Halverson, vice president of advocacy and outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, appeared on the TV Globo news program, Fantastico, to talk about the dangers of sugar dating. [Read/See Here]

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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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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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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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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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