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Porn Connected to Sex Trafficking

by Dan H on April 17th, 2012 in Men

Does my porn addiction enslave little girls like my daughters?                                                                  

I never wanted to think about this question.  Every woman is someone’s little girl whether he was a good and loving father or not.  Certainly, every woman is God’s precious daughter.  I wanted to believe that the women I was watching and lusting over were happy to be doing what they were doing.  They certainly looked happy.  So, when I was asked to do a piece on the connection between porn and sex trafficking, I was at a loss as far as factual information is concerned so I was slow about responding to the request.  However, I just happen to have a friend who has started a ministry to women who have been trapped in the sex trafficking industry so I went to her for facts.  The rest of this is her response to my request for information.

Sandra Savage, founder of BeLoved Ministries INC states it like this: Basically – increase of porn addiction forces the supply of women – whether its a club, porn or rape for profit. No demand of addicts = no supply needed. No need to force women into sex, etc…

To understand a women who has gotten trapped in the sex industry it may help to get some stats. Because it’s all interrelated. Strip clubs, pornography, sex addiction, prostitution and trafficking all work together under the umbrella of the commercial sex industry.

I (Sandra) have spent the past 7 years working in the field of sex addiction and here are some of the things I have seen. With the prevalence of pornography on the internet, more and more people are sliding faster and faster into addiction. It’s just like alcoholism. You start with a beer, go to wine, a few mixed drinks, a bottle and you are in a downward spiral. Sex addiction is the same. It starts with some magazines, goes to video, that doesn’t satisfy, so the porn you watch is more frequent and more aggressive, it goes more deviant and younger, then the end stage is acting out with a person, possibly younger and younger and you have hit the bottom. I believe we are seeing an increase of sex trafficking not only because it is more profitable to rent out a person more than once, but because the demand is now higher as addiction escalates.

 Demand forces the supply, addictions run deeper, and eventually you have addicts who seek out younger and younger supply.

Did you know: (as stated on Treasures website: (iamatreasure.com))

 * More women are employed by the sex industry than any other time in history

 * There are more strip clubs in the United States than any other nation in the world

 * Between 66-90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children

 * Trafficking in women is the second largest global organized crime today and Sex trafficking generates approximately $12 BILLION a year

 * There 1.39 MILLION victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide

A couple of days ago I did a quick search on Backpage in their adult section for Miami and there were 484 ads for that one day. Right now people working to find missing and exploited children are searching Backpage as so many of the ads are actually put online by a pimp using code words to let the renter know that the girl is underage.

* The average age of entry into prostitution 12-14 YRS in the US. and the average life span after a person has initially been trafficked is 7 years. That means if she is trafficked at 13, she is dead by 20. Do you realize these kids are not being sold, they are being rented out by the minute.

70 percent of all trafficking victims labor or sex are first trafficked into the commercial sex industry whether that is a strip club, porn, an escort agency,and street prostitution.

 Dan again, “trafficked at 13, she is dead by 20″…..and we think porn is harmless????????

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  • One_Reader

    I believe that this theory of porn driving the sex trafficking market has been debunked already… its almost as illogical as the old “porn makes people become a rapist” theory. There are plenty of women doing porn who like what they do. One third of the visitors to porn sites are women, who would not likely contribute to this supposed problem and I imagine half of the people who pay for porn online are married or in relationships themselves, though that’s just an educated guess. Isn’t is just as true to say that having a strong libido drives the demand for prostitutes?

    Most men who watch porn will never have sex with a “trafficked” person. Some might “act out” either with another person they meet in chat or they might hire a prostitute. Oh well. God never spoke against the average prostitute doing her job or against the men like Samson, who patronized them. If we want to help prostitutes, legalize their business. If you don’t want to support “the commercial sex industry” bogeyman, there are plenty of amateurs posting online.

    I think that it’s better to debate porn on the merits rather than to try to criticize it for an unprovable, illogical side effect. 

    • Steve

      You speak of “unprovable, illogical” side effects.Can you prove “there are plenty of women doing porn who like what they do”? If men are violating their consciences by visiting pornographic websites, why do you think women wouldn’t be violating their consciences as well? I don’t know anyone thinks “porn makes people become a rapist,” but is it so illogical to think that people who commit rape were influenced by pornography? You say it’s better to “debate porn on the merits.” So, what are its merits? Or is that what your “Oh well” was about?

      • Suri

        He is referring to some conversations previously had both on.these blows and on the prayer wall forum debating the connection to trafficking. The actual evidence is noticeably lacking, and for simple economic reasons: The economics doesn’t work out. There is just no need to traffic women to make pornography, and thus no studio is going to take the risk. There are plenty of women desperate for money – its cheaper and safer to direction traffic. Sex trafficking is a problem with prostitution, yes – but not pornography. Despite Dan’s claim, there really isn’t much connection between the two industries.

        And as for the idea that adult ads are secretly using codewords to sell children.. that is just dumb. It couldn’t work unless all those involved could agree on codewords to use, and if the police know those words they would need constant training. If traffickers can achieve that level of communication, they don’t need to post in a public, easily-monitored forum.

        • I think the “connection” comes with the fact that numerous trafficking victims report having been forced to watch pornography as “training” for what they were to do with the johns.

          Also, a lot of sex trafficking victims have reported being filmed for pornographic purposes (this is especially true for adolescents – those younger than 18). 

          I’ve also heard stories of trafficking victims being drugged so that they’re more compliant for porn videos and appear to “enjoy” what’s being done to them.

          Suri, I do think you’re right about the initial impression of the economics not working out. I think that maybe mainstream pornography doesn’t see as much human trafficking instances as say amateur pornography. Perhaps that’s where the math doesn’t line up.
          All of that to say, there have been several call girls, porn stars, strippers, escorts, etc. who have spoken out about their experiences in the sex industry. Some of their interviews can be found in the documentaires “Sex+Money Film” and “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”. The latter one is particularly compelling.

          • Suri

            That’s your idea of an argument – that porn is used to train prostitutes? Makes sense, yes… but so what? Do you think porn is required? I’m sure that any pimp or trafficker can train them without any help from porn, even if it might take a little longer. It isn’t even much of a connection – it would be just as appropriate to say that the furnishings industry supports prostitution because prostitutes use beds to perform their trade.

            Perhaps these stories predate the internet. The economics would have been more favorable to porn production back then. Less global distribution, a difficulty of supply raising prices, and with the industry operating on the fringes of the law in even the most liberal countries it would be easier for distributors to look the other way.

            Stories are great for rallying supporters together, but what you really need are solid numbers. From reputable sources, not pressure groups, and recent – the internet changed everything, so numbers from five years ago are worthless.

      • One_Reader

        I posted a reply to you, but it seems to have been deleted without explanation. Perhaps you have a copy of the first portion of my reply anyway. I won’t try to recreate it, other than to say that your second sentence is off topic– i.e., the question is: does porn create a demand for trafficked persons, not whether or not it is moral. On your question regarding rape and porn, yes many if not most rapists use porn, but since most men use porn, it doesn’t mean a whole lot. Rape is an act of violence or aggression upon another individual–its usually not about sex, per se. I agree that youthful molesters,  often act out what they have seen in porn– the problem isn’t the porn, the problem is they’re too young to be exposed to it.  

        In my deleted reply I listed some of the merits of porn and asked for your response; in this version of my reply I’ll simply say that I was using the phrase “on the merits” to mean to debate the subject “in and of itself” whether appealing to intrinsic Biblical, legal, moral or medical arguments, rather than try to demonize it based upon debatable outliers. I said “Oh well” in regards to men who visit prostitutes– it may be a bad idea, but oh well its been known to happen now and then.

      • One_Reader

        When I said “debate porn on the merits” I mean to debate it for what it actually is, not for any supposed collateral damage that is unprovable and therefore irrelevant to the topic.

  • Kelly Master

    true story!

  • Suri

    Porn production doesn’t follow the usual law of supply and demand. That law applies only to physical goods with a unit production cost. Porn is all fixed cost. An increase in demand will mean more profit, but not actually much increase in the number of films made. Just higher viewership per film.

    Contrary to the claims made, the professional porn industry is not booming. Quite the opposite – it is in financial crisis. Distributors are making great use of the new market opened by the internet, but the producers are suffering heavily from increased competition. A result of both industry globalisation and the rise of the amateur shorts.

  • singut

    it is scary. 

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