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Iceland’s Sex Trade Ban: A Model for Gender Equality

Gender equality means that no woman is for sale. Iceland has taken this premise seriously by effectively banning the entire sex trade: no strip clubs, no pornography, and no prostitution. In 2009, Iceland implemented the Nordic (or Equality) model, making it illegal to buy sex – or to base one’s “employment or livelihood on prostitution…

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PROGRESS! Instagram Takes Step Forward via Improved Reporting and Direct Message Tools

Instagram has made significant improvements to address the sexual exploitation and abuse that occur on its platform. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been communicating and working with Instagram for over a year. We are grateful to report regular positive developments from this collaboration following meetings with an international campaign led by Australian Collective…

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Lawsuit against Nevada for enabling slavery through brothels

Lawsuit Taking on the State of Nevada for Enabling Slavery Through Brothels

Bekah Charleston was sex trafficked in Nevada’s system of legal brothels and is now seeking to hold the state of Nevada responsible for protecting the sex trade and enabling slavery. When you legalize prostitution, it creates a market for the sale of humans. That market then quickly expands as driven up by demand — a.k.a…

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International Collaboration Continues After the CESE Summit

The 2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit may be over, but the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation’s work is just getting started! After the successful CESE Global Summit, which hosted over 22,000 attendees from over 110 countries, there is incredible momentum for the global movement to become more united and active than…

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Jeffrey Epstein and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Survivors of Sexually Exploitative Multi-Billionaires Are Still Awaiting Justice

Survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation were dealt an unjust blow when lawyers for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were able to convince certain Florida judges that videos investigators gathered of him paying for sex in an illicit massage parlor should not be admitted to court. Kraft faces two charges of solicitation of prostitution…

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Screenshot of an infographic from the 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report

Real Sex Trafficking Statistics: A Look at the Federal Human Trafficking Report

Note: While the National Center on Sexual Exploitation prefers to use the term “survivor” rather than “victim,” in order to accurately reflect the report’s findings and remain consistent with language used in the TVPA, this blog uses the word “victim.” The 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report is a compilation of all United States federal human…

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On Wayfair and the Problem with Sex Trafficking Conspiracy Theories

On Wayfair and Viral Conspiracy Theories About Sex Trafficking

Recently the media and social media platforms have been flooded with claims that the popular furniture company, Wayfair, is participating in or complicit with child sex trafficking. Beginning as a random musing from one individual who noted a perceived discrepancy on a web page for a specific Wayfair product, theories have since taken on a…

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Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured with Jeffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Arrest is a Step Toward Justice for Survivors of Epstein’s Abuse

Ever since Jeffrey Epstein’s untimely and unjust death in August 2019, survivors, advocates, and many others have been asking an important question regarding those who participated in the sexual abuse and exploitation perpetrated by Epstein: Will justice be served? Due to Epstein’s connections with a vast web of wealthy and influential individuals, many have worried…

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Tamar Arenson and Megan Lundstrom discuss the “Bitter Truth of Sugaring” and the dangers of being a sugar baby with World Without Exploitation (WorldWE)

Exposing the Exploitative Realities of Sugar Dating

During a recent webinar as a part of its Now & Next Speaker Series, World Without Exploitation (WorldWE) invited Tamar Arenson and Megan Lundstrom to discuss the “Bitter Truth of Sugaring” and the dangers of being a sugar baby. Both Megan and Tamar agreed that, while sugaring is packaged as a consenting relationship with some…

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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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