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Watching Porn Supports Human Trafficking

I recently looked into the relationship between pornography and human trafficking, I was not surprised or shocked by what I discovered…

The relationship starts exactly the way I thought it would, the desensitization of regular porn viewers. When we experience something many times over, the effect that something has on us slowly weakens because we have experienced it so many times before. This ultimately leads to us seeking more of that something in an effort to illicit the same level of response we had in the very beginning. Porn viewing typically begins with rather plain sexual acts being watched, but it inevitably leads to more bizarre sex acts later down the road. This is the point where some regular porn viewers may want to begin personally acting out their sexual fantasies, thus creating a demand for participants.

Needing a willing (or at least, seemingly willing) participant for your sexual fantasies is where the porn and human trafficking industries begin making a more concrete connection. Most people you meet during your daily routine won’t be willing to dress up and perform your most secret sexual fantasies, nor will the majority of people you meet on dating apps and websites. Enter prostitutes, or “escorts” as they are more commonly called these days. These are the people many turn to when seeking a partner for their more intense sexual fantasies. Yet, these are also the people who are widely forced into the sex trade by those more powerful than they. Many prostitutes are beaten, purposely gotten hooked on drugs, forced to watch porn in order to learn the acts customers will want them to perform, and are tightly controlled by those who “employ” them. Prostitutes are often from foreign countries and were either kidnapped or promised they were going to America for a legitimate career.

Another part of this unholy relationship are the actual actors and actresses in the porn videos themselves. Not only do many porn stars turn to prostitution when their film careers die out, but many prostitutes are forced into a porn career. The prostitutes are forced into pornography as a way for their controllers to advertise what they have for sale. It also serves to desensitize them to the sexual acts that clients will later want them to perform.

In my opinion, the degradation of porn actors and actresses is reason enough not to watch it. These people are being valued strictly for their bodies or what they are willing to do next on camera, even risking permanent physical injury or disfigurement. Their self-worth is tied up in something fickle and fleeting. However, when I consider the connections between pornography (which is essentially prostitution on camera) and human trafficking, I don’t understand why so many people see nothing wrong with the porn industry. The reason my discoveries did not surprise or shock me is because when the basic premises of these two industries are put side-to-side, it is easy to see how they would relate and intertwine with one another.

What are your thoughts?

2 Comments

  • Hope

    I recently read an article that Starbucks will now be having filters on their open WiFi to stop porn watching in their shops. One of the reasons cited was pressure from the communities, particularly related to customers who are sexual predators using the internet at the cafes to watch child pornography. They noticed the direct link between watching, and later acting on such things. Granted, child porn is already illegal, though still widely available on the internet. But as you mentioned, those on the adult porn industry aren’t always “willing” participants, either, and in some ways can be just as vulnerable.

    • Junior

      I certainly think that open wifi spots such as the ones at Starbucks need to be monitored carefully. I am somewhat surprised to find out they weren’t already monitored and that it took a public outcry to get them to finally do it. I guess I have always assumed that all wifi spots kept tabs on things like that. The idea that a person can watch, or partake in, child pornography is one of the few things that makes my eyes water every time. It is such a cruel thing to do to anyone, but especially a child. I hope that we can clamp down on the human trafficking industry and that those who perpetuate it will see legal ramifications for their deeds.

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