How porn fuels sex trafficking

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If you want to end slavery, you have to stop the demand for it.

But cutting the demand for slavery isn't as simple as not paying for sex.

The great thing is, this generation is fighting human trafficking more than any generation before it. But this generation is also consuming more pornography than ever before. And while you may not realize it, the connection is painfully clear.

It's hard to get current statistics because studies are rare, but more than 10 years ago a reported 70% of college-age men consumed porn every month, and 40 million Americans were engaging with porn. (First-person: the culture of pornography, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Baptist Press, 28 December 2005) (Internet Filter Review, 2006)

More and more, young people are learning about sex from pornography, and what they're learning is anything but healthy. Content that is violent and degrading teaches us what's acceptable, and a focus on individual pleasure over relationship skews our view of what, how, and with whom sex should be.

“Sex, in pornography, is a commercialized product, devoid of emotion, stripped of humanity, an essentially empty experience.” 
Pamela Paul, “From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm,” in The Social Costs of Pornography 

Porn changes the brain and the way we process rewards, making porn users more likely to pay for sex or act out what they see. One study found that men who paid for sex were twice as likely to watch porn.

Besides the harmful nature of the content on users, pornography feeds into sex trafficking because much of porn exploits children and women who have been forced or coerced. In other words, even if you will never have a harmful intention toward another person, you have no way of knowing when you click on porn if you are watching a sex slave or not. 

That "innocent" click just provided demand for the video of a trafficking victim.

How else does porn play a role in sex trafficking? Some victims report that pornography was used to 'train' them in how they would have to perform, and that clients would bring porn with them and demand the victim re-enact it. Porn is especially used to desensitize younger victims to the violence and degradation they will endure.

Pornography normalizes sex that is dehumanizing and violent. It's often used to exploit children and women who are being forced into sex. And yet, our culture continues to grow in acceptance of it.

We can speak out against modern slavery and be called honorable. But we can also be called radical and cut ties with the multi-billion dollar industry that is fueling and profiting from the exploitation of slaves. We can't afford not to.

If you struggle with pornography, please don't hear hate or judgment here. Not one of us is even close to perfect, and there is hope no matter what addiction we're trapped in. My desire for you to break free from porn is out of love, not condemnation. Click here for resources to get help.

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