ACORN helped a nationwide child prostitution ring
Official investigations found no evidence of criminality on the part of ACORN
In 2009, conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles released a series of videos filmed at several offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a group dedicated to helping low-income families through affordable housing, voter registration, and other means.
In the videos, Giles posed as a prostitute and O’Keefe as her friend. They claimed that the videos showed workers in the ACORN offices assisting them as they tried to help a nationwide child prostitution ring. In fact, in at least six of the eight videos released, ACORN employees at those offices either were not clearly informed that underage prostitutes were supposedly involved, refused to help, appeared to deliberately respond with wildly over-the-top statements, or contacted the police after Giles and O'Keefe had left.
Furthermore, investigations by the California attorney general, Brooklyn’s district attorney, and a former Massachusetts attorney general all found no evidence of criminality in the ACORN videos they reviewed.