How Porn is Feeding the Beast of Sex-Trafficking

This generation fights human trafficking more than anyone ever has. More than any one ever has, this generation consumes porn.

#refusetoclick campaign
Source: Refusetoclick, 2019

There are many in the United States that want to fight human trafficking but they do not realize they are feeding the sex-trafficking industry every time they view pornography. In the United States, 85% of young men and almost 50% of young women between the ages of 18 and 30 watch porn at least once a month.  Porn has become a guilty pleasure that is passed off with a wink and a chuckle amongst many men and women, even those who would call themselves Christians.

One in five pornographic images online are of a child and half are of teenagers under the age of 18. This, by definition, is human trafficking.

What many do not realize is that there is a cyclical relationship between pornography and human trafficking that is creating an ever increasing problem in the United States and around the world.  Many of the actors involved in making pornographic images are victims of human trafficking.  They are being forced through violence, fraud or blackmail into the porn industry and cannot escape. One in five pornographic images online are of a child and half are of teenagers under the age of 18. This, by definition, is human trafficking. Pornography stimulates the desire to act out the pornographic scenes which leads to an increasing demand for child prostitution.  Pornography is quite literally advertising for sex trafficking.

The United States has become the world’s largest consumer of human trafficking, spending an estimated $32 billion annually on the enslavement of human beings.  Our demand, fed by the flourishing porn industry, has become so great that trafficking women and children from other countries cannot keep pace with the demand.  Traffickers now target US citizens with thousands of children being sold as sex slaves in America today.  These are American-born children, 50-60% of them are coming from the foster care system.

Traffickers now target US citizens with thousands of children being sold as sex slaves in America today.  These are American-born children, 50-60% of them are coming from the foster care system.

We cannot fight human trafficking in isolation. We must go to the roots and bring awareness to the pervasive problem of pornography.  People have to know that pornography is not victimless and it is anything but harmless. 

Resources:

Admin. (2012, August 22). Richmond justice initiative (rji). Retrieved February 03, 2021, from https://richmondjusticeinitiative.com/the-connections-between-pornography-and-sex-trafficking/

How street gangs make big money by sex trafficking 14-year-old girls. (2020, June 29). Retrieved February 03, 2021, from https://fightthenewdrug.org/california-gangs-cashing-selling-14-year-old-girls-sex/

Keiper, A., & Chiaramonte, P. (2019, June 23). Human trafficking in America among worst IN WORLD: REPORT. Retrieved February 03, 2021, from https://www.foxnews.com/us/human-trafficking-in-america-among-worst-in-world-report

Refusetoclick – rescue:freedom international. (2019, September 16). Retrieved February 03, 2021, from https://rescuefreedom.org/refusetoclick/

New survey of porn use: Men and women watching in startling numbers. (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2021, from https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/new-survey-of-porn-use-shows-startling-stats-for-men-and-women

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