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Hilton Gets Hard on Pornography

Hilton Gets Hard on Pornography
Jeff Edwards

Hilton has announced that pay-per-view pornography will no longer be available in any of its 715,000 hotel rooms around the world.

Hilton Worldwide is eliminating one of the company’s most profitable in-room amenities, and at least one advocacy group couldn’t be happier with the decision. The hospitality company that operates more than 4,300 hotels and resorts in 94 countries announced Monday that “adult” films will no longer be available for on-demand purchase.

“We believe in offering our guests a high degree of choice and control during their stays with us, including Wi-Fi on personal devices,” Hilton Worldwide said in a brief statement. “However, we have listened carefully to our customers and have determined that adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.”

Hilton’s move earned instant praise from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE). The advocacy group took much of the credit for forcing Hilton’s hand after placing the company on its Dirty Dozen List, which singles out mainstream entities “contributing to sexual exploitation.” The NCOSE cited studies that link pornography to sex trafficking, a problem that hotels have been struggling to avoid enabling, as justification for singling out Hilton.

While Hilton will be removed from the Dirty Dozen, a number of high-profile “contributors to sexual exploitation” remain on the list, including the American Library Association, YouTube, Fifty Shades of Grey and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

The NCOSE takes credit for recently convincing Walmart to place issues of Cosmo behind blinders, so as not to expose children to the suggestive magazine covers.

Hilton joins a growing number of hotels no longer offering guests the option of purchasing in-room pornography. Marriott, Omni, Drury, Nordic Choice and Ritz-Carlton already have similar policies against the practice.

[Photo: iStock]

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6 Comments

  1. Centurion

    August 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Please tell the real story. NO ONE IS PAYING FOR PORN ANYMORE! Another hotel profit center has gone. 1st. Long distance phone. 2nd Pay per view porn which was a huge money maker for hotels

  2. BearX220

    BearX220

    August 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Yup. Rather than just rewrite the Hilton press release, how about a little reporting? Nobody’s buying PPV hotel-room porn at $15 a whack, so to speak, because everyone is watching porn online for free instead. So Hilton can afford to take the moral high ground NOW, after decades of making bank off porn when Internet connection speeds were less robust.

    Let’s see Hilton vow to block porn IP addresses on its in-house wi-fi systems because they’re “not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.” Fat chance. They’d have a customer riot on their hands.

  3. Red259

    August 18, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Yea, I’m willing to bet that with free porn on internet and with all the internet devices people travel with there wasn’t much profit in it for hotels and therefore they decided maybe they can get a little bit of PR out of cancelling it.

  4. mikeef

    August 19, 2015 at 5:45 am

    But the article does get credit for the double entendre in the title.

  5. krlcomm

    August 19, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    The picture is hilarious… because that’s EXACTLY what the guy that paid $9.95 to watch soft core porn in his hotel room does when the movie actually comes on. And Hilton spinning this as some sort of “vision” or “goal” is just plain pathetic. I’d like to slap the Hilton Worldwide spokesperson that uttered this drivel upside their head. And I agree w/ mikeef too… the double entendre is right up there w/ the picture.

  6. ILuvParis

    ILuvParis

    August 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Hilton Gets Hard on? Seriously?

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