Pornography and Sex Trafficking

 

            We are going to hit on a hot topic today and that is porn. To be honest porn is a huge industry now. Kids, teenagers, adults, couples, and more watch it/look at it. It is a $13 million dollar industry that thrives in the homes of many. What people don’t realize is the effects of viewing porn, not just on a personal level but on a much larger scale. Who really ever thinks of what they might be contributing to in the world buy watching something many feel as so harmless?

            There are three main things that I will be talking about today in why pornography plays a role in sex trafficking. One way that this is true is traffickers often times use porn as a means of psychological control.  Think about all the scandals in the news of celebrities’ nudes getting “leaked”. Those pictures are forever on the internet. You could probably search someone’s name from years and years ago and you would find their naked bodies on the internet. Now think of people who were forced into this, who didn’t want this for their lives. Often times a person’s trafficker will use them for porn then use this idea to their advantage. They threaten them and use it as blackmail. Their bodies and faces were now on the global internet, they can never escape their present no matter how much it becomes the past. This is something that many victims lock into their minds.

            Another important thing to note is the financial gain. Again this business is a $13 million business. Many girls are forced into this industry as a way to receive financial gain. They can make money by putting girls into prostitution and also porn, and the younger the girls the better and the more money received. This is a huge market where traffickers will use video footage of the girls and their pictures as way to attract buyers. This is one of many ways that the commercial sex industry is a lucrative business that continues to grow.

            Lastly, pornography is a form of sex trafficking in and of itself. It’s important to realize this. The people involved in porn have very similar if not identical experiences to those who are trafficked. Not only that, but “a recent report that held Interviews with 854 women in prostitution in nine countries…made it clear that pornography is integral to prostitution. In every country, almost half of the respondents said that they were forced to make pornography while enslaved in sex trafficking.”

            While not all women/men involved in pornography are forced and trafficked, there are far too many who are. By watching, buying, and looking at porn you can be contributing much more to a bigger problem than you think. It is a perpetual reinforcement to the commercial sex industry where a majority of sex trafficking victims reside. Think about this. That every time someone turns on the porn, flips a page, searches a name, etc they are enslaving these people more than the second before. 

Resources: http://humantraffickingsearch.net/wp/the-connection-between-sex-trafficking-and-pornography/