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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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Woman writing "girl power" on a mirror with red lipstick (For NCOSE article: "No, Pornography Is Not Feminist.")

No, Pornography Is Not Feminist.

Is there any kind of pornography that is congruent with feminism? Is it possible for pornography to be feminist? In spite of the research and data that provide a resounding “no,” some porn apologists still attempt to say otherwise. “Any kind of porn can be feminist if everyone involved is having a good time,” one…

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You Can Make a Difference During Child Abuse Prevention Month

Have you heard the devastating fact that 1 in 10 children will experience child sexual abuse by the time they reach 18 years of age? In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation holds hope that parents and legislators alike will come together to protect children online. We have the…

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Introducing the 2020 ONLINE Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit

For many months, we have been hard at work planning for the 2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit. This is the linchpin annual event for the worldwide movement to end all forms of sexual exploitation, and every year it is a source that springs forth new partnerships, projects, and victories. However, as…

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Pornhub Offering "Premium Content" to People in Quarantine is Exploitative, Not Philanthropic

Pornhub Offering “Premium Content” to People in Quarantine is Exploitative, Not Philanthropic

Pornhub, one of the most-visited websites for online pornography in the world, offered free access to its paid premium content to those quarantined in Italy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not long after that, it extended the same offer to people in France and Spain. Since then, rather than continuing to roll out its troubling…

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A black and white photograph of Harvey Weinstein headlines a blog about Harvey Weinstein's convictions (Photograph Credit: Thomas Hawk [Some Rights Reserved])

Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Assault and Rape Conviction, Explained

On February 24, 2020, a New York jury handed down a verdict that meant the sex predator movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree of one victim and criminal sexual assault in the first degree of another victim. Both women testified to their abuse during trial. Harvey Weinstein’s conviction…

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

*Featured image is a stock photo from Pexels* 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…

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Blurred image of woman being filmed as a representation of GirlsDoPorn's sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking

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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Phylicia Henry of Courtney's House DC speaks about online child safety at the "Protecting Children from Online Exploitation" national symposium

Industry Experts Sound Alarm on Emerging Threats to Online Child Safety at NCOSE Symposium

Online child safety should be top of mind for all of us—not just parents. We protect children from undue harm and exploitation from harmful industries elsewhere—such as the tobacco industry—but our systems and laws have not kept pace with technological advancement and our children’s well-being is at severe risk as a result. That reality was…

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