The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has released its annual "Dirty Dozen List." One new entry is designed to stop the momentum of a fairly new movement.
The NCOSE has published the Dirty Dozen List since 2013 calling attention to sources of pornography and sexual exploitation that need to be halted. Appearing on this year's list – each in a repeat performance – are names like the American Library Association, Cosmopolitan magazine, YouTube ... and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Haley Halverson, communications director for the NCOSE, says the DOJ is on the list because, while the agency does prosecute child porn, it isn't prosecuting other forms of illegal pornography.
"One of the new additions this year onto the list is HBO, which is a premiere cable television company that regularly – through its programming – normalizes soft-core pornography, really integrating that into our mainstream entertainment," she notes.
Amazon – another newcomer – made the list for sale of pornography and sadomasochistic paraphernalia, as did Backpage.com (which also appeared on the 2015 list) for advertising prostitution. Sexpresso Cafes, where baristas wear negligees or skimpy bikinis, also made the list for the first time this year.
"We want to raise awareness about [Sexpresso] because these 'porno-fied' working conditions often result in sexual harassment and just the normalization of objectification as well," Halverson explains.
Two names have made the Dirty Dozen List every year since 2013: the American Library Association and Cosmo. NCOSE reports it has convinced 15 companies to make major policy changes, and enforce them, just within the last year.