The sad reality is, we’ve all encountered pornography in one way or another. We are bombarded with suggestively pornographic advertisements on a daily basis, curious children find pornographic images on the internet, and pop culture is saturated with the idea that ‘sex sells’. Pornography use is not only mentally and emotionally detrimental to the user, it impacts our society by increasing the objectification of women and increasing demand for prostitution and human trafficking. Pornography is the new drug plaguing our culture, and it is up to us to do something about it.
Let’s start by getting the facts on pornography use:
- In 2008, over 40,000 websites distributed pornography.
- Men are 543% more likely to look at pornography than females.
- There are over 68 million searches for porn every day in the United States.
- 10% of adults admit to having an addiction to online pornography.
- Every hour, a new porn film is created in the United Sates.
- 30 million people are watching pornography right now.
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Many people are lead to believe that pornography is a victimless crime, they believe that the performers are consenting adults and that it’s all fun and games for the viewer. What they fail to realize is that:
- Many of the ‘performers’ are victims of human trafficking, often drugged or threatened into performing.
- Many victims of sex trafficking are forced to watch pornographic films as part of their ‘training’, teaching them that forms of degradation and abuse are normal and acceptable.
- Pornography drives the demand for prostitution and trafficking by normalizing the oversexualization and objectification of women, making buying a woman seem more acceptable.
So let’s break this down a little bit…
- Trafficking is defined as trafficking the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, or of fraud.
Many pornography ‘performers’ are considered trafficked under this definition. Even if they enter the profession consensually, they are faced with the harsh reality of abuse and unethical working conditions of the industry, a thought that never crosses most pornography users’ minds.
According to stoptraffickingdemand.com, women face hostile work conditions such as:
- Force and threats of force– beating; slapping; punching; beating with objects; physical restraints; rape; gang rape; attempted rape
- Fraud– fraudulent offers of employment; promises of money and fame; deceitful enticing and affectionate behavior; lying about working conditions
- Coercion– threats of serious harm to body, reputation, finances; intense manipulation by pornographers to lure in naïve women; threatened legal action in an effort to intimidate and control; intimidation and humiliation; emotional and physical coercion used to break the woman’s resistance to hardcore sex acts; drugs and alcohol
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- Pornography is often shown to sex trafficking victims to teach them how to perform. Almost all men who purchase women for sex watch pornography, and they are often seeking to recreate scenes. Pornography is also used to desensitize victims to violence, degradation, and humiliation, teaching them to believe that porn sex is real sex. Pornography can also force victims to normalize the abuse they receive.
“It has been noted that “pimps and traffickers use pornography to initiate their…victims into their new life of sexual slavery” so that they “get hardened to accept the inevitable and learn what is expected of them.”
SOURCE: The Protection Project: Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society
- Pornography drives the need for human trafficking because the porn industry is a business, and like any business, it seeks to grow, pimps need more victims to fill the growing demand. Porn has also been scientifically shown to alter your brain chemistry, associating it with pleasure, causing the viewer to crave more and more of it, like a drug. Men who are addicted to porn often require increasingly more violent and degrading sex acts to achieve arousal, and when their partners aren’t willing, they seek out women who can’t say no. However, possibly the worst side effect of porn is that it allows the viewer to see the performers, most often women, as objects for sexual use, not as human beings, thus making prostitution and buying trafficked women seem commonplace and abusing them seem easy.
Unfortunately, in today’s society, porn use is commonplace and more acceptable than any other form of drug use. It is easily accessible, virtually undetectable, and more often than not, considered a victimless crime. By changing public perception of pornography and prostitution, we can end the evil of human trafficking, one step at a time.
Writing for Freedom,