This Is How Porn And Sex Trafficking Are Linked

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To most people, sex trafficking is a problem that exists in distant foreign countries. You may think, “But it certainly isn’t something that would involve me, is it?”

If you view pornography, then the answer is “Yes.” The truth is, porn and sex trafficking have strong links, even in the United States, where the sex trafficking industry is worth $3 billion a year.

How big is the sex trafficking problem? The University of New England reports it is the third largest criminal business in the world, behind only drugs and weapons.

On April 11, 2018, the White House provided these statistics:

  • Sex trafficking is a global form of modern-day slavery in which individuals are coerced to perform commercial sex acts against their will.
  • Per the International Labor Organization, 4.8 million victims were in forced sexual exploitation.
  • Over 99 percent of trafficked individuals trapped in forced sexual exploitation are women.
  • Over 21 percent of those trafficked for sex are children.
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Department of Homeland Security investigated 833 human trafficking cases. This resulted in 1,602 arrests and 578 convictions, and identified 518 victims of human trafficking.
  • Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases in the United States.
  • Of the nearly 25,000 runaway children reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, one in seven were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

So How Is Pornography Connected?

According to journalist John-Henry Westen, “As long as America’s men are being trained to think that violent, disturbing pornography is sexually acceptable, an enormous clientele for sex traffickers is being created every day in homes, college dorms, and apartments across the nation.”

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.” It also includes “inducing commercial sex acts by force, fraud or coercion.”

A “commercial sex act” means “any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.” Since porn performers are given money and other items of value, the definition certainly applies to the pornography industry.

But are porn performers coerced or induced by force or fraud? Aren’t all the scenes done by consenting adults?

One former porn actress testified,

“Women are lured in, coerced and forced to do sex acts they never agreed to do… [and given] drugs and alcohol to help get [them] through hardcore scenes…The porn industry is modern-day slavery.”

Sex traffickers use pornography in many ways. They force their victims to watch porn to desensitize them. Even to train them in sex acts they will be forced to perform. They also video the victims and sell and distribute the pornographic films on the internet and other outlets.

“But I’m Just Watching A Few Porn Videos On My Computer.”

You may think that watching a little porn alone at home doesn’t have an impact on sex trafficking.

Dr. Mahri Irvine, Adjunct Professional Lecturer at American University, said, “I really wish that people who watch porn knew more about that. Because I think they believe that they’re engaging in this activity in a very passive way. And they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m doing it in the privacy of my own home and this is just a video that I’m watching’. And they’re not associating it with the fact that pornography is very often the filmed rape of sex trafficking victims.”

Noel Bouché, Executive Director of pureHOPE, explained, “While pornographic content includes trafficked victims from around the world, porn consumers aren’t told anything about the performers, including which ones may have been trafficked from an early age. Regular users of internet pornography are likely consuming pornography that includes adult and child victims of sex trafficking.”

On Redeeming Love’s blog, Katie Tomkiewicz summarized, “Various studies show that when pornographic content is viewed, the viewer’s mind becomes increasingly calloused to the brutalities of the sex-trafficking industry, which include rape, coercion, sexual violence, and the general idea that women are objects existing for the purpose of providing sexual pleasure.”

She continued,

“The psychological effects that pornography has on the mind cannot be denied; the harm done to both the viewer and the viewed cannot be denied. It is critical to address today’s pornographic culture for what it is: a hub for sex-trafficking and a gateway drug for future pimps and johns.”

There Is Freedom

Perhaps you were not aware that pornography and sex trafficking were so closely linked. You certainly thought your porn habit was a harmless pastime that didn’t affect anybody.

But now you know. And it’s not just sex trafficking victims that are impacted by porn viewing.

Pornography viewing affects you, your family, your friends, and all areas of your life. And it also affects your relationship with God.

But you can be free from your slavery to porn.

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2 Replies to “This Is How Porn And Sex Trafficking Are Linked”

  1. NeTexasDude  December 17, 2018

    Until we as MEN realize ALL the truth and facts that go along with this “what we think is a private sin or problem” we can’t HATE the industry. What I mean is… Years ago I was 300 lbs and lived fast food, especially McDonald’s, then “SuperSize Me” The mivmo came out and I watched it…
    Truth. Plane simple facts opened my eyes and made me angry because I was blinded for years by a clown, fun characters like Hambuglar, FrieGuys, etc… I grew up with this and as a kid only got to eat there once or twice a month…. (Like we should). It was a special fun occasion with my family. Ok… So it started as something small. My brain recorded, fun, food and realeased electric nurons as something good. Let’s do that again…. so are you getting what I’m saying ? Like porn? how? For me it started when I was 12ish… Found my dad’s stash, my brothers stash… Nothing dirty. Just the Playboy, ones from the late 70s and early 80s. Compared to today it was less seductive than a Victoria Secret cataloged.
    But we all know it changes our mind, our perception of reality. @ 13 I saught sex any way I could. At 14 my oldest brother hooked me up with his girlfriend’s daughter who was 18. She looked exactly like Farah Faucet… Hooked.
    So at 15 through 17 I was into porn deep. Actually dated a girl I didn’t like cause her parents owned several adult video stores.
    My mind was warped and I didn’t know it..
    My point is until the past year I have struggled with porn daily but because of Kingdom Works, my wife and especially the Lord, my blinders have come off and I’m seeing the entire porn industry as it should be viewed. EVIL. Pure evil in every way possible. Facts like this article should help change your mind…
    See like the McDonald’s movie that exposed the truth I was able to actually HATE IT which in turn made me STOO eating there and other places so in turn I lost 100lbs. Now that I’m able to see the so called actress/star as someone’s daughter, lost and most likely was abused…
    Did this change over night for me… Haha I wish. It’s been a 2 year process and still even as I speak I have to guard my eyes.
    Start seeing the porn industry as what it really is… Not the images they TRY to portray. You won’t be as likely to participate in something you HATE.
    LEARN TO HATE THE INDUSTRY.

    • Conquer Series  December 20, 2018

      Thank you for sharing this! This is the perfect example of the following Bible verse:

      “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”-John 8:32

      Thank you for being willing to share your life’s journey through a few of the addictions, and thank you for reminding others that once they experience and learn the truth that they can begin to walk out a journey to freedom. It is not a quick journey, and commonly is not something that is resolved overnight–as mentioned in the Conquer Series. But it is a journey that is worth it, both for yourself and for those whom you love.

      We will be praying for you as you continue this journey!

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