Ernie Allen, Former President and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children participated in the U.S. Capitol Symposium about the Public Health Crisis from pornography hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Details of the event and to download a copy of these remarks are here: endsexualexploitation.org/briefing/
Science and research now show a wide range of harm caused by pornography, including direct links to increased demand for sex trafficking, child sexual exploitation and violence against women. Pornography affects the developing brains and shapes the sexual templates of children. It also contributes to the rise in sexual dysfunction now experienced by many young men and can be tied to the normalization of dangerous sexual behaviors. It is time to address the public health crisis resulting from pornography.
National Center on Sexual Exploitation hosted an influential symposium right in the U.S. Capitol building on July 14, 2015, presenting compelling research and arguments about the public health crisis from pornography, specifically how pornography fuels sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence. The room was packed to the maximum capacity with representatives from Congress and other influential government leaders, along with members of the press, leaders in the movement, and the general public. The room was overflowing to the point that we regretfully had to turn some people away, which proves that we are at a turning point on this issue. Nearly everyone has been affected and many are looking for leadership on how to turn the tide.
Mr. Allen's BIO:
Ernie Allen is the leading global expert on the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He is a frequent keynote speaker at major U.S. and international conferences and currently serves as a consultant to governments, corporations and organizations on issues related to child protection, trafficking, public-private partnerships, the Internet and the digital economy.
Mr. Allen founded and served as President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
During his tenure more than 180,000 missing children were recovered and the recovery rate increased from 62% in 1990 to 97% in 2012. He established the national 24-hour missing children hotline, brought forensic resources including age progression and facial reconstruction to law enforcement and trained 300,000 police and prosecutors. He created the national CyberTipline for reporting sexual exploitation; the Child Victim Identification Program that analyzed millions of child pornography images to rescue child victims; and helped U.S. Marshals track 100,000 fugitive sex offenders.
Globally he built a missing children’s network that included 23 nations, trained law enforcement in 121 countries, and worked with parliaments in 100 countries to enact new laws. He led efforts to implement new policies worldwide on virtual currencies and the anonymous “Deep Web”; and created and chaired a financial coalition which reduced commercial child pornography from a $30 billion industry to virtually zero; a technology coalition to address child victimization; and a global health care coalition to address child sexual exploitation as a public health crisis.
Mr. Allen’s work has been widely recognized and he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters.