The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) works tirelessly so we might realize, “a world where the pornified vision of reality—with its utilitarian and insatiable consumption of human beings for selfish sexual pleasure, its raw, brutal, debasing, violent and hate-filled themes—becomes unacceptable to all people with concern and respect for the dignity and well-being and humanity.”
From September 29 to October 1, 2016, NCOSE will hold the third annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Houston, TX. An impressive list of experts, advocates, and visionaries populate the list of speakers who will equip attendees with the motivation and information needed to continue to fight for the dignity and freedom of all people trapped in trafficking.
If you are unfamiliar with NCOSE, they were founded in 1962 under the name Morality in Media (MIM) as an interfaith group of clergy in New York City after grade school children were caught with hardcore pornography. Father Morton A. Hill formed the group and served as its president until his death in 1985.
MIM changed its name to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation. Led by President and CEO Patrick A. Trueman, NCOSE is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction, and more.
Some of its more recent notable achievements include:
- Creating the annual Dirty Dozen List of organizations who contribute to sexual exploitation through their business practices.
- Partnering with Enough is Enough to convince Starbucks and McDonalds to filter their free WiFi.
- Convincing Hilton Hotels to break their contract with the TEXXXAS Pornography Expo. This led to Expo organizers to scramble to find a new venue, which initially led them to Holiday Inn. Because of NCOSE’s work with the Dirty Dozen list, they had developed great working relationships with Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Marriott, and Starwood. After contacting IHG, reminding them of their anti-porn policies, the Holiday Inn decided to also cancel their contract with the Expo, relegating them to a strip club in town.
- Submitting an amicus brief to the Georgia Supreme Court urging the court to uphold a statute criminalizing obscene Internet contact with minors, which was successful.
- Petitioning Amnesty International to repeal their endorsement of a policy supporting full decriminalization of prostitution.
It was former American diplomat Richard Holbrooke who said, “Ending this crime so monstrous [human trafficking] is not a political issue; it is an American imperative, and a human responsibility. This is why there are still modern-day abolitionists. And this is why the rest of us should join them.” Covenant Eyes is honored to join NCOSE as a modern-day abolitionist. By working together, we can shine light in dark places and bring freedom to the enslaved.