2017 Dirty Dozen List Released of Companies Most Responsible for Promoting Pornography and Sex Crimes

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has released its 2017 Dirty Dozen List of companies most responsible for promoting pornography and sex crimes among adults and children in homes, libraries, hotels and other places.

Amazon, the American Library Association (ALA), Amnesty International, Backpage.com, Cosmopolitan magazine, HBO, Snapchat and YouTube are repeats on the 2017 list, with the ALA and Cosmopolitan making the list the past five consecutive years. Comcast, EBSCO Information Services, Roku and Twitter are newcomers.

“The disturbing truth is that many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America are major perpetrators of sexual harm — whether that be through pornography, prostitution, or sex trafficking,” NCOSE said in releasing its list Feb. 22. “Now, thanks to The Dirty Dozen List, we can see which well-known entities promote and profit from forms of sexual exploitation. Even better, The Dirty Dozen List gives individuals the ability to make a difference.”

In addition to the Dirty Dozen, NCOSE compiles a watch list of organizations that have pledged to make changes. That list includes the U.S. Department of Justice, Hyatt Hotels and Verizon. NCOSE relied on product websites, federal and state laws, policy statements, news articles and other communications in compiling its lists, and provides on its website endsexualexploitation.org direct links and resources to advocate for change.

NCOSE accused Amazon of selling “thousands of pornography-related items in numerous categories,” including hardcore pornographic films and magazines, books featuring “eroticized child nudity,” sex dolls and other items. While Amazon’s corporate policy prohibits the sale of pornography, NCOSE said, the online retailer’s policies “are contradictory, unclear, and not well enforced, making Amazon the world’s leading porn shop.”

The ALA is accused of “zealously” encouraging libraries to avoid using Internet filters on public-access computers, which allows patrons including children to access obscene materials unabated. “This has lured the once safe community setting of the public library into an XXX-space that fosters child sexual abuse, sexual assault, exhibitionism, stalking and lewd behavior in libraries across the country,” NCOSE said.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler