6 Ways Porn and Sex Trafficking Are Linked

Pornography and sex trafficking are inextricably linked. Pornography and sex trafficking are inextricably linked. Pornography and sex trafficking are inextricably linked. No matter how many times we or anyone else says this, there are always detractors ready to use various logical fallacies to validate their love of porn and to save the industry from demise. They shouldn’t though. The evidence linking porn to sex trafficking is incontrovertible, and it’s time everyone accepts that.

  1. People who traffic individuals use pornographic photos of their victims as ads. From Craigslist to Backpage, many websites over the years have been called out for their behind-the-scenes links that led to right to human trafficking. On these pages, pornographic content has been found advertising people as products.
  2. Willing porn stars don’t always give their consent. Porn star after porn star have come forward telling stories of forced sex within their world of sex for money. Being forced into doing sex acts and performing with men on their ‘no’ lists, these stories, repeated across porn genres, show us that porn is nothing more than sex trafficking in disguise.
  3. Trafficked individuals have reported ‘clients’ using porn to demonstrate what they want to do/tried acting out scenes they’ve seen in pornography. Your partner doesn’t want to act out things you’ve seen in porn, and, just because you’re “paying” a woman for sex, doesn’t mean she wants to either. In fact, considering the fact that most women in prostitution give the money they’ve earned, from a portion to the full amount, to a pimp, this is just one more way that porn and sex trafficking are linked.
  4. Trafficked individuals report porn being used to “train” them by their trafficker. There is a very specific process traffickers and trafficked individuals go through to ensure that the person being trafficked is so utterly terrified, so completely demoralized and dehumanized that they remain in the cycle of sex trafficking, and part of this process is training and desensitizing the trafficked individuals to a wide range of sexual abuse. Porn is used to do this.
  5. Trafficked individuals are forced into doing porn for the monetary gain of their trafficker. Since prostitution isn’t legal most places but pornography is, women who are forced into sex trafficking aren’t just out on the streets. They’re also on your screen. The problem is there’s literally no way to tell a willing porn star (who, as discussed above, could still be there unwillingly) from someone who is being trafficked. It’s not like the viewer will see the pain and brutality, and if they do, it’ll be labeled as a niche BDSM video and nobody is the wiser.
  6. Porn sets up objectification and commodification of sex as normal. It’s exhausting to see the struggle women go through every day to be viewed as something other than their parts. It’s annoying to see articles about great men and their “smoking hot” one-night stands, girlfriends, and wives, as though the only things great about them are their male counterparts, and their aforementioned parts, and it’s heartbreaking to see sex reduced to something as commonplace as what porn portrays.

These are just the first six things that came to mind; there are many more ways pornography is linked to sex trafficking. For one, the availability of pornography fuels the demand for sex trafficking, creating a never-ending cycle of lust and degradation. Porn and sex trafficking are just varying shades of the same color, and anyone who says differently is either lying to themselves in order to keep partaking in their favorite pastime or trying to fool the world to protect their interests in a lucrative industry. Either way, it’s time to stop lying.

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