WRAP Week Fact: Links to Sex Trafficking
Studies show pornography users often seek to act out what they have viewed in porn. Often their partners will not engage in such acts, so they seek it elsewhere—increasing the demand for trafficked women and children to be prostituted.
As addiction to pornography increases, users seek increasingly harder material. The availability of “live” porn has risen as trafficked children and women are forced to perform “on-demand” sex acts in front of web cameras as porn users watch.
Porn users do not and cannot distinguish between trafficked women, prostitutes, and porn stars.
Pornography fuels the global sex trade by driving demand into the mainstream of society.
The use of pornography serves as a marketing tool for forms of sexual exploitation such as sex trafficking, slavery, and sex tourism.
Survivor Anna Malika spoke in our free online WRAP Week event exposing the links between porn and sex trafficking.
Of 854 women in prostitution, 49% said pornography was made of them while they were in prostitution. 47% were upset by customers’ attempts to make them do what they had seen in pornography.
- Pornography is used as a “tool” to train young children and women so that they will “know” what to do in performing sex acts.
- Often, the forced sexual acts between the prostituted woman/child and the John will be filmed and photographed and then shared elsewhere. A regular user of Internet pornography will no doubt also view images of forced acts.
- Pimps are operating more and more online as it becomes easier to connect with potential buyers and to remain anonymous. Popular websites like Craigslist and Facebook have become “virtual brothels” where one can quickly find prostituted women and children to engage in sex acts.
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