The Vile Connection Between Porn And Sex Trafficking

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We’ve thankfully come a long from the dark era of slavery. As a society, we’ve accepted that even merely the concept of slavery is inhumane and degrading. It is absolutely vile that there was a point in time when slavery was completely acceptable. It was the norm all over the world. But with the evolution of time, we’ve come to accept how disgusting this practice is and abolished it all over the world.

But, there is a form of slavery that still exists. Fueled by one of the biggest industries in the world market. It is sexual slavery that takes place through human and sex trafficking. This is one of the largest flowing crime industry in the world today. It’s prevalent in every corner of the world. Every city, every town, even rural undeveloped regions. Human trafficking is happening currently as we speak in every corner of the world. In many ways, it has become a form of modern-day slavery. Although most sane humans are against it, what we fail to realise is that some of our actions in our daily life are what is promoting this horrible act. 

One of the main culprit in this whole situation is pornography. The porn industry plays a huge part in human trafficking that takes place all over the globe. Before we discuss the link between porn and sex trafficking, let’s learn more about what sex trafficking actually is.

What is Sex Trafficking?

If we go into the legal definition, that can be messy and confusing. The legal definition differs based on your location. But, to put it simply sex trafficking is a form of human trafficking. If you haven’t guessed it already human trafficking refers to the trafficking of humans. Trafficking here refers to the buying and selling of things. It is essentially moving things around to make a profit. Here. it’s the movement of human beings. It’s the illegal trade of human beings. Trade that is still being widely practised, despite being a punishable crime all over the world. A human here is turned into a commodity and objectified.

Human trafficking doesn’t take place only to facilitate the sex trafficking market. It also takes place in the form of labour slavery. Where millions of labourers trying to earn a decent livelihood, get trapped in the clutches of capitalism and exploitation. You might not be aware of it, but at least once if your life you’ve worn a piece of clothing that been made through slave labour. Eaten a fruit grown and picked by an exploited labourer. This is just the reality of the various industries we give our money to today. Especially in the fast fashion and processed food industries. If you ever wonder something you just purchased is so cheap, more often than not this is the reason. 

The estimated number of slaves worldwide even today is around 23 million. Plus, it’s growing as we speak. Astonishing, isn’t it? As a society that long ago “abolished” slavery. The largest group among these are sex slaves. Here, individuals get sold as sex slaves. Most often it is young girls and boys who fall prey to this. 

The reality of Sex Trafficking

Often when we hear the term sex trafficking, we immediately think of what we see in movies. Especially in Hollywood movies. Scenes of young boys and girls being kidnapped in some Eastern Europe or Third-World country. They’re then shipped to someplace across the world and sold into prostitution. They spend the rest of their life in brothels.

These stories do happen. But this is not all that happens. The Hollywood version is just one version. But, there’s worse that happens. Worse that is currently happening all around you. In your own city of town, there are instances where sex trafficking is taking place and you aren’t even aware. The real-life stories are much disturbing and the victims face unimaginable atrocities that no living being should be facing. 

The Link between Porn and Human/Sex Trafficking

The porn and sex trafficking industry are more intertwined than you can imagine. It is what has fueled the sex trafficking industry to become so widespread. 

Porn Trains Your Brain

The kind of porn we have access to today is increasingly getting more and more violent as days pass. There are themes of violence and degradation that are spread across almost every porn video available today. Especially the female gender has been so objectified and degraded in these videos that this has become the new norm. The more you watch such stuff, the more you start believing that this is normal. It has been proven through research that frequent viewers of porn often display less compassion towards victims of exploitation, abuse ad sexual violence. This is how porn rewires the brain.

There is also the “training manual” connection: the well-documented fact that porn directly informs what goes on in trafficking. Traffickers and sex buyers get ideas from porn, and then make their victims watch as a way of showing them what they’ll be expected to do, so that the violent fantasy concocted by some porn director and his or her actors becomes the reality for some trafficking victim. A study recently conducted showed that a child growing up in a home where pornography is regularly consumed is far more likely to be trafficked at some point in his or her life.

Lack Of Regulation and Censorship

This is another major problem with the porn industry that is fueling the problem of sex trafficking. The porn industry right now has no rules and regulations governing it. Anyone, even an underage age child can easily access these websites. This is alarming condidering the sacring content available on these websites. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also no rules regarding what can be posted and what can’t. Anyone with a decent camera and internet connection is free to post anything. Porn websites have no computerized system that scans the content and approves. As a result unethical and illegal content are easily available. There are videos of rape, abuse, and sex trafficking available abundantly on these sites. 

When you watch a porn video, there is no way of telling whether the video was uploaded on here with the person’s consent. Was the filming consensual? Is a question that arises. There are many videos of underage girls. Videos uploaded without consent.

Pornographers often engage in sex trafficking to but sex slaves to produce videos. This is the easiest way for them to double their revenue.  A sex trafficking victim isn’t going to turn in the camera and upload all these videos and images of themselves. Often times even if the victim is uncomfortable or being forced, you won’t even be able to tell due to the largely violent themes. Rape porn is booming right now. The porn websites aren’t taking any steps to pull these websites down because this is what is bringing them revenue and views right now. This is the vile reality of our world.  

Conclusion

Looking at the current situation, sex trafficking has definitely become modern-day slavery. This situation isn’t getting better any time soon. If you want to fight sex trafficking and sex slavery, you need to first start by fighting porn.

With the rate at which the porn industry is growing, it’s going to be impossible to log onto the internet and not across porn. To be honest, it is already that way. Porn is all over the web. Be it advertisements or movies, porn is everywhere. This is alarming as even kids as young as 4yr old, use the internet. This can be scarring to their young impressionable minds. As an adult, and especially as a parent, it is extremely important to protect the future generation. To ensure they don’t grow up in a world where they think objectification and abuse are normal. If you’re a parent, here’s an article on how to protect your kids on the internet. It’s always better to be ae than sorry.

Modern sex trafficking shares a variety of symbiotic connections to pornography. Often they’re one and the same. You can hate a thing. It can outrage you. But if you continue to sustain and engage with the industry that helps give it life, what is your outrage worth? Make it count, be a voice against modern-day slavery. Be a voice against sexual exploitation and stop the demand for sex trafficking through pornography. We need to be vocal about such problems and speak up more often. The quieter we are, the worse it’ll get.

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