Porn and Justice

Relevant Magazine recently published an article entitled, “The Justice Side of Porn” and I think it’s a really important article for us to read and understand. It investigates and discusses the links between the Porn industry and the Human Trafficking industry, an aspect of porn that most people don’t know about and don’t give thought to. The moral debate on pornography is well-documented but not so much the justice aspect.

It’s important for us to begin to understand how completely intertwined pornography, prostitution and human trafficking truly are. Pornography fuels the demand for prostitutes and sex trafficking victims as pornography users seek to live out the experiences they observe on screen. One of the distinctions I learned from the article is that the term “sex trafficking” is often misleading because we assume, incorrectly, that trafficking requires movement, that it’s about crossing borders. But it’s not, there is no requirement of movement to be considered “sex trafficking”. The definition of the actual law is as follows from the article:

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.”

I don’t want to just summarize the article but want to call people to action. There is a tendency for our culture to think about porn as “not hurting anyone” and assuming that the individuals choose to be in the industry. The growing research, however, begins to show that there are plenty of individuals that truly don’t have a choice in their participation in pornography. Also, those that are abducted into the sex trafficking industry at a young age may eventually turn to pornography when they gain ‘freedom’ because sex is all they know. When so much effort is given towards conditioning someone to participate in extreme sexual acts as a child, their whole life and worldview and thought process is altered, and so, even then, are they REALLY choosing?

We need to change the way we think about pornography as a culture, we need to stand up against industries that fuel sex trafficking and prostitution. The U.S. Justice Department’s National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrown-away Children estimates that as many as 1.7 million children run away from home each year. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, it is estimated that 1/3 of these children are lured or recruited into prostitution and pornography. With that stat in mind, I’m not sure if we can afford to sit back and allow the porn industry to grow (and it’s growing rapidly!). This isn’t just an issue of what consenting adults choose to do with their lives, but a culture and mindset that preys on vulnerability. Just like with all other areas of life and society, things are never as simple as they seem and there are always multiple layers that we MUST become mindful of.

Read the article here.

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One response to “Porn and Justice

  1. Yes yes yes yes yes. It is unreal how ok people are with porn. I read an article a while ago by a psychologist answering the question of why there are suddenly so many sex offenders in our country. Her answer was porn. When heavily addicted pornography viewers stop seeing others as people but as potential objects of pleasure, there becomes no more line to cross–anyone becomes fair game: men, women, children, family members. The people who operate in human trafficking know that those people aren’t picky. They just meet their demand. Once porn exploded, the demand for sexual victims exploded, and a small percentage of the abusers are caught and persecuted. However, it never seems like the ones offering up these girls ever see justice. The saddest part is that the abuser was trying to fill a unmet need in their life with porn and it snowballed out of control. They need counseling to deal with the difficulties of life, rather than turning to porn as an acceptable way to “get a fix” or ” let off steam”.

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