Pornography and Sex Trafficking Are ‘Completely Interwoven,’ Activists Warn

Pornography and sex trafficking are issues that fuel one another, contributing to a high demand for sex and a dangerously sexual culture, activists warn.

Anti-sex trafficking activists who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation said the porn industry fuels demand for violent, obscene, or child-related sexual fantasies, prompting porn consumers to sex, through pimps, from sex-trafficking victims. Activists also maintain that pimps engaged in sex trafficking blackmail victims through sexually explicit videos and sell victims to producers of pornography.

“It’s completely interwoven, porn and sex trafficking, and you find the same characters in both,” anti-trafficking activist and SHAREtogether founder Jaco Booyens said. “Many of the women and girls who are in the porn industry are actively being sex trafficked.” . . .

Pornography has become an increasingly divisive topic throughout the world as anti-porn groups argue that porn has incredibly addictive and destructive qualities feeding an ever-growing and demanding industry. . .

Ninety-three percent of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to pornography during their youth, according to a 2017 research summary on pornography and public health from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The summary found that 49% of college-aged males first encountered pornography before they reached their teens, and 64% of people between the ages of 13 and 24 actively seek out porn at least once a week. (Read more from “Pornography and Sex Trafficking Are ‘Completely Interwoven,’ Activists Warn” HERE)

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