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Companies That Profit Off Porn: This Year’s ‘Dirty Dozen List’

By January 30, 2015 No Comments

BREAKING NEWS: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has announced its 2015 ‘Dirty Dozen List’.

What is this list and why is it significant, you’re probably asking?

‘The Dirty Dozen’ is a who’s who compilation of leading contributors to sexual exploitation in America. The 2015 list highlights offenders and gives an explanation of how each contributes to sexual exploitation. The list then offers actions that the public can take to persuade the ‘Dirty Dozen’ to change their policies and practices.

For example, remember in the summer of 2014 when Google made the huge decision of no longer allowing porn sites to advertise using Google AdWords? Well, you can thank last year’s ‘Dirty Dozen List’ for playing a huge part in that. Google saw that they were on the list and met with The National Center on Sexual Exploitation to fix it.

You rock, Google.

“The Dirty Dozen List has led to sweeping policy changes for past targets, including Google, Verizon, and Department of Defense.” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Despite the incontrovertible evidence of harm, many companies and organizations still choose to engage in sexual exploitation to make a profit or push an agenda,” Hawkins said.

Among others, the latest list includes Backpage.com, which brings in an astonishing 80% of all prostitution advertising dollars on the internet, and the book Fifty Shades of Grey for its glamorization of sexual violence. American Apparel is also on the list due to their infamous ads depicting teenage girls in extremely revealing outfits, almost always in obvious sexual positions and poses.

Curious to see who made the list this year? Well here are the biggest heavy hitters who are contributing to sexual exploitation. Check it out:

Verizon – Verizon profits from sexual exploitation by pushing pornography into homes through multiple ways, including pay-per-view movies on their FIOS TV, their internet service, and as a wireless carrier. They’ve even defended child-themed porn as an option to their consumers.
(Update: Verizon removed the child-themed and slavery-themed movie titles they were offering through their FIOS TV.)

Fifty Shades of Grey – This bestselling book and recent major film glamorizes and normalizes sexual violence, female inequality, and coercion.

Backpage.com – Backpage.com is the leading U.S. website for prostitution advertising, generating nearly 80 percent of all the online prostitution advertising revenue on the web. Law enforcement officials say trafficked children and women are sold on Backpage daily and the site is even actively opposing laws that make it a felony to advertise sexual services of children.

Hilton Hotels – This top hotel chain provides hardcore pornography movie choices with themes that include: children, incest, rape, sexual slavery, and extreme violence. Other popular hotel chains, such as Marriott and Omni, have publicly refused to profit off of this “in-room entertainment”, so it would not be difficult at all for Hilton to do the same.
(Update: Hilton just announced a change in policy and will remove all on-demand pornographic videos from the in-room entertainment services at all of its properties in 85 countries worldwide.)

American Library Association – For years, ALA has encouraged public libraries to keep all computers unfiltered, thus allowing any and all patrons, which includes children, to be able to access porn. As a result, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, exhibitionism, stalking and other lewd behavior takes place in public libraries across the country.

American Apparel – American Apparel’s marketing strategy since the get-go has been defined by their infamous ads featuring almost-nude, sexually posed young girls with a visual emphasis on breasts and buttocks.
(Update: American Apparel reevaluated and changed the organization’s leadership, advertising strategy, and brand identity purposely in order to avoid the sexual exploitation of women just to sell products.)

Sex Week – University campuses across the country are overwhelmed with reports of rape and sexual violence, yet many of these same schools still welcome “Sex Week” on their campus—a week long celebration where pornography, violent sexual practices and casual sex is openly advertised and encouraged.

For the full Dirty Dozen List you can check it out on the official website.

What YOU Can Do

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