April 14, 2014

Pornography drives demand for sex trafficking

Morality in Media’s newest project – stoptraffickingdemand.com – is a website dedicated to exposing the links between pornography and sex trafficking. We’re very excited about this new website because we hope advocates and organizations can use it as a tool to help fight sexual exploitation. We also hope it becomes a place for individuals affected by this societal plague to share their stories and educate others in order to stop the demand for prostituted women and children.

In addition to these stories, there are educational materials, research studies, videos and other media for free use. We cover four main links between pornography and trafficking, though we will add to those as more well-researched information arises. These links are:

Trafficking Within the Professional Porn Industry

  • Many professional performers in pornography are sex trafficked into a hostile environment of sexual exploitation, forced labor and physical abuse.

Victims of Sex Trafficking are Filmed and Photographed to Produce Porn

  • Traffickers produce pornography of sex trafficking victims to diversify their profit and advertise victims for prostitution. Clients may also create their own pornography of victims.

Pornography Used to Train Sex Trafficking Victims

  • Traffickers show pornography to sex trafficking victims to train them and desensitize them to the sex acts they will be forced to perform.

Porn Users Seek to Act Out What They See

  • Clients of prostitutes will insist they perform specific scenarios and positions the client has seen in porn. Increasingly, these requested acts are violent and degrading.

The goal of this new website is to help the anti-sex trafficking movement by increasing the volume of materials, to educate the public on all the aspects of the issue. We will consider this a success if one person comes to understand and ceases to purchase sex from prostituted women and children.

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