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Porn & Sexual Exploitation

Porn and Sexual Exploitation

 

Pornography is, in many cultures, a very accepted form of entertainment, and has become accepted as well as normalized in some people’s lives. There are general negative connotations of porn that many people hold, such as the objectification of women, but ask someone that watches porn on the regular, and they will tell you that it doesn’t have a negative impact on their life or perhaps it is an artistic expression. They may even defend their viewing by saying it helps them satisfy sexual urges in a healthy way.

On the other side of the screen, sex trafficking is a direct proponent of the porn industry. While sex trafficking seems to be a topic that most people believe is a prevalent issue in our world today, the link between sexual exploitation and pornography is dramatically overlooked and undermined. Awareness of this correlation has been growing, but still, needs to be discussed. To put it simply, if there is a demand to watch other people perform sexual acts on any screen available, there is a demand for more women and children to be enlisted and forced into sex (slavery) trafficking.

Perhaps pornography could be considered the “gateway drug” of sexual exploitation and sexual assault. Pornography websites have more visitors per month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter combined. Not only that, but a Google Trend analysis confirms that “Teen Porn” is the number one pornographic search, and the number of searches with those as the keyword is steadily increasing. It also states that the words “sex” and “porn” are both in the top four words searched within the Google search engine database. Moving beyond common topics searched, the viewer demographic of pornography has been shifting as well.  A survey conducted by the Youth Internet Safety organization stated that 15% of 12-15-year-olds purposefully watch pornography, and a staggering 70% of 15-17-year-olds purposefully view pornography often.

If viewers of pornography are starting at younger ages, their thirst and drive to find more dramatic and violent images steadily increases over time, and their consumer promise to the product has a longer lifespan. According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, consumers of porn require a constant stream of new, increasingly violent and fetishized content. They also stated that in order for producers of pornography to keep up with the demand, more women and children become prostituted and trafficked. If these women and children aren’t kidnapped and sold into the industry, they are brought in by the means of coercion, deception, abuse, and fraud.  

Child pornography is one of the fastest growing criminal offenses in the United States. According to the FBI, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests related to possession of child pornography in the last ten years. A study released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stated that 40% of people arrested for possessing child pornography have also raped a child, and the average serial child molester has up to 400 victims in their lifetime. Mental health experts have been increasingly begun to study the effects of pornography on the brain, and they’ve learned that once someone becomes addicted to child pornography, they begin to progress to younger and younger ages of children or will seek out more masochistic images and bestiality.  

There is a trend going on with the consumption of pornography, no matter the type of pornographic image. The higher the demand for pornography, the higher the demand for continued sexual exploitation of women and children. If the viewing of pornography is sought after and viewed for a long period of time, it likely will turn into an addiction leading down a dark and dangerous path that could potentially lead to criminal activity. These correlations cannot be ignored, and they are topics that all families and couples should be open to discussing. Knowing the facts is the first step in helping yourself and others involved in any part of the cycle.