Porn Kills

Hello everyone. First, let me say thank you to all of you who have been keeping up with all my posts. I know some of these posts are hard to read and difficult to digest, so I appreciate you all still reading. Most of my posts so far have been about the issue of human trafficking and what is happening around the world. I hope most of you understand that this is a serious issue. My next series of blogs is going to be about how our everyday actions actually help to feed the human trafficking system set in place and how we can stop. My first talk will be on the issue of porn.

This is a harder topic for me to write about as I have personally struggled with watching porn in my life. Having struggled with it personally and in the context of human trafficking, I have come to understand the severe ways porn actually destroys our relationships and our society. We hear about the horrors of human trafficking and we are disgusted by the system that oppresses millions of people around the world. At the same time, our culture accepts pornography and openly defends people in their rights to watch porn. To quote covenant eyes, “the dichotomy between sex trafficking and the realities of pornography is a serious misconception that needs to be addressed”. Porn drives the demand for sex trafficking and we need to talk about it.

According to Shared Hope International’s report (https://sharedhope.org/store/demand-printed-book/) on the demand for sex trafficking, pornography is the primary gateway to the purchase of humans for commercial sex. The word pornography is from the Greek words porne, meaning “sexual immorality”, and graphos, meaning “writings”. It is a representation of a commercial sexual exploitation as you are obtaining sex through means other than a relationship. It creates a hunger to continue to purchase and objectify as it feeds on an innate drive in all humans. In a very explicit way, porn can act as an advertisement for trafficking as people are enticed by the fill they get by watching porn. In addition, pimps and traffickers often use pornographic images of their victims as advertisements for their products. In the same way that a drug produces a short lived pleasure, pornography creates a drug-like addiction which distorts the individuals view on sexuality. Instead of viewing sexual experience in its usual context, the user experiences sexual experience on demand. That ability to fill a demand becomes more and more difficult as the high becomes less and less. Victor Malarek once wrote, “The message is clear: if prostitution is the main act, porn is the dress rehearsal.”

In addition to porn helping to enhance the demand for sex trafficking, sex trafficking victims are also exploited in the production of pornography. Many of the sex trafficking victims around the world today who are being exploited are mainly being used for the production of pornography. If you refer to one of the videos posted at the bottom of this post, a woman gives testimony to her husband actually selling her for porn. Porn actors and actresses are often construed as no different from those who chose to have any other career in the entertainment industry. We stray away from the idea that these people may be victims of sex trafficking.

Lastly, the production of porn is itself an act of trafficking. Case after case, people have described that porn was advertised in a beautiful way and an easy way for someone to make money, but nearly every person who gets involved in the industry describes the fraud in the system. Most of them do not know what they are agreeing to until after their agreement is made. After that point, there is no way of getting away. Pornographers are unlike other pimps as they learn to coerce their victims to get into the industry and legally make them stay. Pornographers are receiving direct monetary benefits for providing sexual acts. So why is it that we say that prostitution is illegal but pornography is not? According to U.S. federal law, many instances of the production and consumption of pornography can constitute as sex trafficking as there is a large amount of force, fraud, or coercion involved. It is discomforting to know that our legal system tolerates and accepts certain types of sex trafficking

I will end with the words of Covenant Eyes, “Having understood the interconnectedness of pornography and sex trafficking, we must resolve to no longer erect false distinctions between pornography and sex trafficking. In seeking justice for those who are commercially sexually exploited, accepting and using pornography is not an option.  It’s time to understand the reality of pornography and act accordingly.”

 

Here is a free e-book you can download to know more:

Stop the Demand: The Role of Porn in Sex Trafficking

Sources:

The Connections Between Pornography and Sex Trafficking

http://www.newsweek.com/growing-demand-prostitution-68493

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/porn/etc/script.html

DEMAND. Printed Book

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