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STATEMENT – National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2020: Twenty Years of Achievements and Major Tech-Related Obstacles

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. As the nation now observes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation reflects on progress made and work yet to be done. “We’re celebrating a remarkable milestone,” said Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Policy…

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DoD Must Address Porn Culture in the Military If Serious About Decreasing Sexual Assault

Sexual assault will never end while human beings are seen as commodities. Women will never achieve equality while they can legally be bought and sold. The Department of Defense needs to understand this in order to meaningfully address sexual assault. The sad truth is that instances of sexual assault in the military have spiked despite…

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Four Problems with Twitter’s Irresponsible Policy on Pornography

Is pornography allowed on Twitter? In November of 2019, Twitter clarified its Sensitive Media Policy stating: “You may not post media that is excessively gory or share violent or adult content within live video or in profile or header images. Media depicting sexual violence and/or assault is also not permitted.” This initially seems promising, however,…

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Survivors’ $12.7M Victory Over Explicit Website a Beacon of Hope for Other Survivors

A civil lawsuit against GirlsDoPorn, brought forward by 22 women to expose the manipulation and outright fraud committed by the porn company, has reached its conclusion as a Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on January 2, 2020—awarding them $12.7M in damages. Federal criminal charges of sex trafficking have also been filed….

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BuzzFeed News: A Group Of Women Sued Girls Do Porn For Coercing Them Into Doing Videos. Now They Own All The Rights.

Originally published at BuzzFeed News By Brianna Sacks Lured to San Diego by online ads seeking models for photo shoots, nearly two dozen women say they were pressured to sign dense contracts in hotel rooms where they were given drugs and alcohol and pushed into doing porn. A short time later, that footage was posted…

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Blind Eyes Opened: America has a massive sex trafficking epidemic

One of the problems encountered in the movement to end sexual exploitation is the fact that many people—most people, perhaps—aren’t aware of the problem, let alone the size of the problem. Even if and when they are aware of the problem, a common assumption is that sex trafficking is a problem “somewhere else.” Blind Eyes…

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Progress! We Met With Instagram About Their Problems With Sex Trafficking and Predatory Comments

We at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation recently met with a top executive from Instagram! This occurred in December, after three anti-sexual exploitation organizations from three different countries–the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (United States), Collective Shout (Australia), and Defend Dignity (Canada)–launched a #WakeUpInstagram campaign to call on Instagram to improve its related policies and practices. As part of this…

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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

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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13yo girl was abused and exploited on Instagram in her own home. It could have been prevented.

Maria* was 13 years old when she first got Instagram on her cellphone. She had her parent’s permission because Instagram is rated as appropriate for “Ages 12+.” She loved sharing photos as well as “liking” and commenting on her friend’s images. She mostly posted about being in Girl Scouts, babysitting her younger brother, and going…

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