"The Dark Side of Porn"
Written by myvoicemyright
The Dark Side Of Porn , Stop the Porn Industry
People tell themselves that pornography is a harmless past time, a form of entertainment, or a freedom of expression covered under the 1st amendment. After all, God invented sex. However, it is not harmless, entertaining, or a freedom for the people who appear in porn movies and photographs.
The irony for many among the socially conscious younger generations is that they are often passionate about fighting against sex trafficking but often overlook its connection to pornography’s supply and demand — something the majority of them feed in their digital world. According to a 2008 Brigham Young University study noted in World magazine, 87 percent of men in college and 31 percent of women in college watch porn.
Despite its legal legs, the porn industry, in fact, aids and abets sex trafficking. Porn fuels trafficking and vice versa. As noted by She’s Somebody’s Daughter (http://www.somebodysdaughter.org):
—“Pornography drives the demand for sex trafficking.”
—“Trafficking victims are exploited in the production of pornography.”
—“Pornography production is a form of trafficking.”
—“Pornography is used as a training tool with sex trafficked victims.”
The Relationship - The Real Deal
Our society paints the life of a porn star as glitzy, glamorous, and fun. This is true for porn stars like Jenna Jameson and Stormy Daniels, but what about the porn actresses who don’t have a choice?
At the 2010 panel event, Slavery Today: Sex Labor & Pornography, panelist discussed how porn has become the foundation to the human trafficking business. Lots of pornography features trafficked women and teenagers. The pornography business justifies the buying and selling of women and young girls.
When freelance writer, Lara Janson, learned that pornography is the main business that keeps human traffickers in business, she resigned from her job as seller of services at Comcast Cable because they promote and sell services providing porn. Lara now works in an anti-trafficking movement. In her article, The Price of Peddling Porn, Lara reveals what goes on behind the scenes of human trafficking porn. Human trafficking victims are forced to watch porn and imitate it as a form of training. Once they were deemed ready, victims were forced to perform sexual acts on camera to be viewed by millions without their permission.
Pornography and Human Trafficking - The Money
The availability of pornography on the Internet has boosted the industry to extraordinary financial heights. On Joni Lamb’s Porn Series, the host stated that $3,000 is spent every second on porn in the U.S. alone. Thirty thousand people are viewing porn every second. Every 30 minutes a new porn movie is made. Internet search on the word “porn” returns 200 million sites.
The porn industry is a $93 billion a year business. Time Warner, CBS, Verizon, Comcast, and other telecommunication and media corporations earn over $1 billion a year from pornography through services, like video on demand. Human trafficking is a $10 billion a year business and most of that money comes from forced sexual activity.
The Relationship Between Pornography and Human Trafficking - The Bottom Line
Minors can be dressed to look like they are 18 years of age. Being dressed to look older doesn’t make them older. A movie caption that says all performers are over the age of 18 doesn’t make it true. Grown women who have smiles and sparkling eyes as a sweaty stranger plows between her legs are not enjoying what he’s doing. This is called acting. Don’t be deceived by the false image that porn actresses are forced to portray. Human trafficking victims are trained to look and act a certain way while posing for photographs, performing on camera, or servicing customers in a private setting.
No matter what the circumstances are, like a married couple trying to get inspiration or entertainment at a bachelor party, pornography hurts innocent people. Pornography makes human trafficking a supply and demand business. Viewers demand to watch sex and human traffickers supply it.
The next time you watch a girl on girl, masturbating, soft/hardcore, or S&M porn movie, please think about how your actions (of just watching) affect the people in front of the camera. Pornography and human trafficking is an unholy alliance that enslaves, degrades, and destroys lives.
Stan Guthrie, "Fighting Porn," Crosswalk.com
Rebecca Carden, "Panel Discusses Human Trafficking, Sex Work in U.S." The Brandeis Hoot.
Lara Janson, "Tales From the Census Trail," The Huffington Post.
Gabrielle Rice, "Human Trafficking 101: Modern Day Slavery," Associated Content.
Porn drives demand for sex trafficking
According to Shared Hope International’s report on the demand for sex trafficking, pornography is the primary gateway to the purchase of humans for commercial sex. Why this is so becomes clear when we think critically about what pornography is and how it affects its consumers.
Pornography comes from the Greek words porne, meaning “prostituted woman” or “prostitution”, and the word graphos, meaning “writings.” If we can begin to comprehend that what is depicted in pornography is not simply sex or sexuality, but commercial sexual exploitation, we can begin to rightly appreciate the negative and corrosive effects of this content.
Catherine Mackinon, a feminist professor at Harvard Law School, says that “consuming pornography is an experience of bought sex” and thus it creates a hunger to continue to purchase and objectify, and act out what is seen.  And in a very literal way, pornography is advertising for trafficking, not just in general but also in the sense that traffickers and pimps use pornographic images of victims as specific advertising for their “products.” 
In addition, viewing pornography and gratifying oneself with it ends up short-circuiting the sexual process. This creates a drug-like addiction which distorts the individual’s view on sexuality. It also trains the mind to expect sexual fulfillment on demand, and to continually seek more explicit or violent content to create the same high. 
As Victor Malarek put it in his book The Johns:“The message is clear: if prostitution is the main act, porn is the dress rehearsal.”  Pornography becomes a training groundfor johns/tricks. When pornography is the source of sex education for our generation, the natural outcome is a culture of commercial sex and sex trafficking.
Trafficking victims are exploited in the production of pornography
Many women and children who are being sexually exploited and trafficked are also being used for the production of pornography. Sometimes acts of prostitution are filmed without the consent of the victim and distributed.  On other occasions victims are trafficked for the sole purpose of porn production. In today’s era of webcams and chatrooms, the lines between interactive pornography and virtual prostitution websites have been blurred.  According to Donna Hughes, “porn and internet sex shows are markets for trafficked victims.” Truly, pornography is another avenue for women to be trafficked. 
Porn actors and actresses are often construed as no different from those who chose to have any other career in the entertainment industry. There is little cultural understanding that many of those involved in pornography are otherwise victims of sex trafficking. Despite this lack of general awareness, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), which created our current federal legislation against sex trafficking, it states that people are trafficked into and exploited in pornography.
Porn production is a form of trafficking
Under the TVPA sex trafficking is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.”  The realities of the porn industry are perfectly described in the definition of sex trafficking in TVPA.
A commercial sex act is “any sex act on account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person.”  Pornography qualifies as a commercial sex act in two ways. First, the production of pornography involves payment of individuals to perform sex acts before a camera. Most performers in the industry are paid for the different films or photo shoots. Because they are produced by recording actual events, real men, women, and children are actually engaging in sexual acts, often repeatedly to get the desired shot. In this way, the production of pornography is without question a case of commercial sex acts, in this case performed on camera.
Secondly, “consuming pornography is an experience of bought sex.”  The experience of using pornography is a sexual one for the viewer, or as Catherine Mackinon put it, “porn is used as sex (masturbation). Therefore it is sex.”  Further, it is a commercial sex act in this sense because money or other items of value (clothes, cars, alcohol, drugs, etc.) are exchanged on account of this sexual experience for the consumer. The pornographers are receiving direct monetary benefit from providing this sexual act.
Recruitment for the porn industry occurs in many ways. One former porn performertells of being bombarded with calls to come and perform after posting a personal ad, while others were recruited through social media. According to those who were in the business of pornography, there are times when girls are held captive on porn sets ordriven under the command of a pornographer or agent to and from the sets, which would fit the definition of “harboring and transporting.” Finally the provision is tangiblein both the physical acts that are documented and the product that is supplied to countless consumers across the world. The porn industry is continually providing the world with commercial sex acts, which can be consumed without end.
At this point, what we have seen is that the production and consumption of pornography fully qualifies as sex trafficking as defined by U.S. federal law. Yet, under the TVPA, only a “severe form of trafficking”—one that involves “force, fraud, or coercion”—can be prosecuted. This is discomforting to know that in our legal system we tolerate and accept certain instances of sex trafficking. Even so, many instances of porn production do involve some level of force, fraud, or coercion; we just need some political will to investigate and prosecute it. 
You do not have to look hard for force in the production of pornography, because even at the surface level, the violence towards the actors involved is evident. Pornographers themselves describe the violence they perpetrate on their performers without the consent of the actors.
Former porn actress Jan Meza describes the fraud in the industry. She says that the actors and actresses do not know what they are agreeing to or after their initial agreement they couldn’t get away. Something that should be noted, especially in the case of fraud, but also generally, that federal law is clear that initial consent does not preclude the possibility of the individual being victimized. Pornographers, like other pimps, learn how to exploit economic and psychological vulnerabilities to coerce them to get into and stay in the sex industry.  Other times they threaten or use alcohol and drugs to induce compliance, which is included in some state definitions for coercion.
The other criteria to establish that a particular case is a severe form of sex trafficking is that the minor is under eighteen years of age. Shared Hope International estimates that one in five pornographic images online is of a child. The prominence of this speaks to the very “severe” nature of the porn industry. Yet even among the material that is not deemed “child pornography” you can find individuals under the age of eighteen.
Having understood the interconnectedness of pornography and sex trafficking, we must resolve to no longer erect false distinctions between pornography and sex trafficking. In seeking justice for those who are commercially sexually exploited, accepting and using pornography is not an option. It’s time to understand the reality of pornography and act accordingly.
Porn culture doesn’t only affect men. It also changes “the way women and girls think about their bodies, their sexuality and their relationships,” says Dines. “Every group that has fought for liberation understands that media images are part and parcel of the systematic dehumanisation of an oppressed group … The more porn images filter into mainstream culture, the more girls and women are stripped of full human status and reduced to sex objects. This has a terrible effect on girls’ sexual identity because it robs them of their own sexual desire.”
Images have now become so extreme that acts that were almost non-existent a decade ago have become commonplace. From studying thousands of porn films and images Dines found that the most popular acts depicted in internet porn include vaginal, oral and anal penetration by three or more men at the same time; double anal; double vaginal; a female gagging from having a penis thrust into her throat; and ejaculation in a woman’s face, eyes and mouth.
"To think that so many men hate women to the degree that they can get aroused by such vile images is quite profound," says Dines. "Pornography is the perfect propaganda piece for patriarchy. In nothing else is their hatred of us quite as clear."
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