North American Man/Boy Love Association

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North American Man/Boy Love Association
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Full Name: North American Man/Boy Love Association
Foundation: December 2, 1978
Headquarters: New York City and San Francisco
Commanders: David Thorstad
Agents: Charles Jaynes and Salvatore Sicari
Goals: Abolish age of consent laws and legalize pedophilia

The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is an organization that advocates pedophilia and pederasty. Their main objective is to abolish age of consent laws criminalizing adult sexual involvement with minors and seeks to release all men that were jailed for sexual contact with minors that weren't forced into going through with the sexual acts with them. The organization no longer has regular national meetings due to police infiltration, and it also discouraged the formation of local chapters.

Around 1995, an undercover detective discovered there were 1,100 people on the organization's rolls. In 1997, NAMBLA was the largest group in IPCE, an international pro-pedophile activist organization. Since then, the organization has dwindled to only a handful of people, with many members joining online pedophile networks such as DanPedo, BoyChat, and Annabelleigh, according to Xavier Von Erck, director of operations at the anti-pedophile organization Perverted-Justice.

NAMBLA's website states that it is a political, civil rights, and educational organization whose goal is to end "the extreme oppression of men and boys in mutually consensual relationships". According to NAMBLA, some of the organization's positions are:

  • Supporting and promoting man/boy relationships: the organization says that when consensual, these relationships are not harmful or amount to child sexual abuse.
  • Age of consent reform: what NAMBLA describes as "empowerment of youth in all areas, not just the sexual";
  • Opposition to corporal punishment, kidnapping and rape.

In achieving these goals, NAMBLA aims to co-operate with the mainstream LGBT community and women's liberation movements.

Onell R. Soto, a San Diego Union-Tribune writer, wrote in February 2005, "Law enforcement officials and mental health professionals say that while NAMBLA's membership numbers are small, the group has a dangerous ripple effect through the Internet by sanctioning the behavior of those who would abuse children".