Netflix, Twitter, Amazon and Google’s Chromebook have been included in a list of 12 mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation.
Produced by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), the list, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’, highlights institutions that are facilitating and even profiting from sexual exploitation.
The NCOSE said this year’s list features several entities that have profited from the Covid-19 crisis by taking advantage of worsening social and economic vulnerabilities and harnessing the dramatic increase in online activity.
Familiar names in this years list include media giants Netflix, Twitter, Amazon, Chromebook and Reddit.
The list also includes Discord, a messaging app for teens; Ebsco Information Services, the leading provider of online learning resources for schools and libraries in the US; Varisign, a global provider of domain name registry services; and Wish, a top ten retail shopping website and app.
The NCOSE also targeted three of the Dirty Dozen for their links to prostitution – Onlyfans, a social media subscription website where accounts make money via posted content made exclusively available to followers known as ‘fans’; SeekingArrangement, a ‘sugar daddy’ dating site; and the state of Nevada, which has long allowed legalised prostitution.
Picture: This is an image for the 2021 ‘Dirty Dozen’ list released by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, based in the US. (CNS photo/courtesy Kelly Oliver).