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The “Sexploitation?” podcast decodes sexual harms and provides you with active solutions.

This is an ideal “on the go” educational resource for anyone looking to learn more about the movement to end sexual exploitation. On the “Sexploitation?” podcast we address the full spectrum of sexual exploitation, from sex trafficking to sexual violence, to rape culture, to pornography, and more. And better yet, we give you the tools to make a difference!

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Podcast Host: Haley Halverson

Haley HalvHalverson 4x3-03-January 04, 2017erson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Episodes

Podcast: Is Pornography Really an “Industry?”

Ep. 21: Special guest, Dr. Gail Dines analyzes the big business behind porn. While popular Internet pornography today seems like it is being mass produced by thousands of companies, the reality is that there is a porn monopoly. Could this be good news? On this episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, Dr. Dines provides key insights into the […]

Podcast: How Can We Change Corporate Policies That Exploit?

Ep. 20 Changing culture by changing major companies.   We live in an age where many consumers demand transparency from companies they trust. We want to know the working conditions of those who made our clothing, and if pesticides were used to grow our food. Now, thanks to The Dirty Dozen List, we can see which […]

Podcast: Are Schools Actively Exposing Children to Porn?

Online library databases in many schools are piping pornographic and sexually explicit materials into children’s lives. We were shocked when we discovered EBSCO, and other similar companies, that provide academic resources for grades K-12 are not filtering out sexually explicit content. Even innocent searches return results like links to hardcore pornography websites, stories normalizing student-teacher […]

Podcast: Are Magazine Swimsuit Issues Actually Empowering?

Ep. 18 A look at Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Every February the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue hits the shelves and some individuals applaud it as a celebration of the athletic female body. However, the truth is that Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is not a triumph of female athleticism, agency, or empowerment. Instead, it is a descent […]

Podcast: Does “Fifty Shades of Grey” Normalize Domestic Abuse?

The London Abused Women’s Centre, Canada; Collective Shout, Australia; Culture Reframed, USA; and The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), USA have partnered to raise awareness that Fifty Shades of Grey – and it’s latest film installment Fifty Shades Darker – normalizes domestic violence. Tune-in to learn more about the themes of Fifty Shades of Grey […]

Podcast: Why Are Some Children Becoming Sexual Predators?

An Alabama child advocacy group called Palmer Place recently reported an increase in child-on-child sex abuse cases. These reports mirror several statements by law enforcement and child advocacy groups around the country that are concerned with the rising trend of children sexually abusing other children. Why is this happening? Tune-in to the latest episode of […]

Podcast: What Can President Trump Do to Combat Sexploitation?

America is suffering from a sexual exploitation crisis. Sex trafficking, pornography addiction, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and more, are issues significantly impacting American citizens, families, and communities. This necessitates that the full spectrum of sexual harm must be addressed by our federal government. NCOSE is located in Washington DC in order to elevate the […]

Podcast: Could Prostitution Be Fully Decriminalized in California?

An alarming court case (Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) v. Gascón) is being appealed in the Ninth Circuit this year that argues California’s prostitution laws are unconstitutional and that call for prostitution to be fully decriminalized. The results of this case could impact 20% of America’s population. That’s why the National Center on […]

Podcast: When Should You Talk to Your Kids About Pornography?

Before we can begin to address “how” to talk to kids about pornography, it’s important to understand “when” that conversation becomes relevant. Many parents might assume that a few years after puberty is the time to have this talk. However, in today’s digital culture, studies show that many children are being exposed to pornography before […]

What Can We Do About Domestic Violence During the Holidays?

The holidays are often thought of as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for victims of domestic violence, the holidays can be a time of isolation and fear. Listen to the “Sexploitation?” Podcast Episode on Domestic Violence During the Holidays. Available on iTunes, and GooglePlay. Domestic or intimate partner abuse (whether it’s physical, emotional, or sexual) is often […]

Podcast: Can You Protect Your Library From Porn?

A surprising number of public libraries do not have pornography filtering software. An even larger number employ ineffective filtering software that children and adults are bypassing to gain access to pornography while at the local library. This not only harms the health of individuals using pornography, but it also paves the way for problems of child pornography use and unintentional […]

New Podcast Episode: Why Does Amnesty International Want to Decriminalize Prostitution?

Ep. 9 Full decriminalization is a gift to sex traffickers, pimps, and sex buyers. Amnesty International has developed a policy document supporting full decriminalization of prostitution. Full decriminalization of prostitution is one of the world’s most disastrous approaches to the sex trade. “Full” decriminalization refers to the repeal of laws pertaining to pimping, brothel keeping, and […]

Podcast Episode: Does Sexting Make You Vulnerable to Exploitation?

Sexting, the sending of nude or explicit messages through texts, social media, or apps, is a serious social pressure in today’s culture. The eighth episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast addresses the prevalence of sexting among teens and young adults, and it’s impact on sexual exploitation. One recent survey released found that 66% of teens and young adults have […]

Podcast Episode: What Is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week?

How can you get involved for this week of activism and awareness? The seventh episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast explores the origin of White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week. This national campaign started with one woman named Norma Norris. Norma had the courage to take a stand against pornography, and her creativity set off a […]

Podcast Episode: Is Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl a Myth?

Ep. 6 What the hype and the research have to say about trafficking at the Super Bowl. Claim # 1: “The Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking event in the world.” Claim # 2: “Sex trafficking at the Super Bowl is way overdramatized; it’s not a big problem.” Over the last few years, both […]

Podcast Episode: Should Prostitution Be Considered a Job?

Popular media portrays those involved in prostitution as typically glamorized or empowered individuals. However, the research reveals that this is not the experience of the vast majority of those involved in the sex trade. Melissa Farley’s research found: “Across countries, 73 percent reported physical assault in prostitution, 62 percent reported having been raped since entering […]

Podcast Episode: Does Pornography Increase Sexual Violence?

Does what we watch have an impact on how we think? Or what we do? Alarming research is showing that pornography can shape the user’s sexual template around themes of degradation, ambiguous consent, and violence. A meta-analysis of 46 studies reported that the effects of exposure to pornographic material are “clear and consistent,” and puts one at […]

The “Sexploitation” Podcast is Launched!

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation officially has a podcast! The “Sexploitation?” podcast decodes sexual harms and provides you with active solutions. We address the full spectrum of sexual exploitation, from sex trafficking to sexual violence, to rape culture, to pornography, and more. And better yet, we give you the tools to make a difference! […]

Podcast Episode: Does Facebook Facilitate Sex Trafficking?

We think of sex trafficking as only occurring in dingy dungeons, but really so much of it has moved online – it’s a digital age – you no longer need to “know a guy” or go to the seedy side of town to have access to information about buying sex – now access to what […]

Podcast Episode: Is Porn Really a Public Health Crisis?

Utah passed a formal state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis in the summer of 2016, then that fall the RNC added the same language to its official republican platform, and presidential nominee at the time of this recording wrote a letter to the organization Enough is Enough stating that she is supportive of […]