Holding Pornhub To Account

As the lockdown measures begin to ease, we’re only too aware of the huge and continuing need for us to kick back against the drivers of sexual exploitation. 

Should we hold Pornhub accountable? Over a million people think so.
The petition to shut Pornhub down for enabling and profiting from sex trafficking and rape videos has now now gained over one million signatures.

The global #traffickinghub campaign built around the petition has been an invaluable opportunity for diverse groups around the world to stand together against one of the great commercial behemoths facilitating sexual abuse. It’s also opened up many media opportunities, awakening ordinary men and women to disturbing truths normally hidden from view.

Our CEO, Vanessa Morse, gave the following quote for the press release: “Pornhub’s executives turn a blind eye to the scores of illegal and abusive videos they host and promote, for the sole purpose of corporate profit. Pornhub is profoundly complicit in child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.” We’re hoping that the petition is only the beginning and that online industries will be properly regulated and held to account for serious and profound harm. We’ve created this short article outlining how Pornhub is culpable.

You My Sister 
We also wanted to draw your attention to You My Sister, a fantastic online mental health recovery course for women who have left any part of the sex industry.

The course uses the highly successful and world-respected Recovery College model of self-management, co-produced and co-delivered with peers (those with similar lived experiences) to help women who have exited the sex trade to recover from the emotional and mental abuse of the sex trade in a safe, supportive environment alongside others who’ve had similar experiences.

It explores the dynamics and patterns of abuse in the sex trade and helps women to understand and process what happened to them, shifting survivors’ perspective away from self-blame, guilt and shame and helps them to explore their own emotional needs, forge positive relationships and reclaim their identity. If you or anyone you know you know might benefit from this mental health self-management course, please do get in touch.

Sex Tech, Robots & AI: A feminist Response: 4 July 2020, 09.00-14.30, free
Next Saturday there’s a free, one-day webinar next Saturday focused on the feminist response to the normalisation of female sex dolls and robots in our society. This pioneering international workshop will explore the harms of everything from sex-doll brothels, 3D pornography and child-sex abuse dolls to women and girls.

Speakers include Professor Sheila Jeffreys (author and activist), Dr. Caitlin Roper (Collective Shout), Dr Sasha Rakof (Not Buying It), Raquel Rosario Sanchez (FiLiA), Jo Bartosch, Click Off, Dr Heather Brunsksell-Evans FiLiA & Object!, Kate Davis, CASR, Professor Kathleen Richardson, CASR , Yagmur Uygarkizi Radical Girlsss, Naomi Miles from CEASE UK and someone from Nordic Model Now! Register HERE.

Every year, the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation hosts the CESE Global Summit. An incredible event and the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, this brings together groups and individuals from across the globe, sparking new partnerships, projects, and victories.

The CESE Summit is usually held in Washington DC but due to concerns about the Coronavirus, it’s now going virtual! From July 18-28, you have the opportunity to hear from 100 expert presenters from over 25 countries, to participate in interactive working groups and even to network and connect with around specific topics, all from the comfort of your own home and entirely free of charge. New videos will be released each day for you to watch at your convenience, alongside several live video calls set up for leaders.

10,000 participants are expected to be a part of this; register now to make sure you’re one of them!

Stories, please!
We are currently in the process of putting together a series of fact sheets and articles that give a more in-depth consideration of different parts of the sex industry and how they drive sexual exploitation. We’re keen to accompany these with real-life stories from experts and survivors, who can bring the facts to life and help people better understand how the harm impacts real people in very real ways.

Please contact us ([email protected]) if you have a story to tell, or if you know anybody who might be willing to share their story with us. Contributions can be published anonymously.