Porn Hurts Others

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Using pornography is NOT harmless. In fact, I propose it is one of the most unjust things someone can do to others in our modern culture.

A few facts to start off the investigation of this thesis:

  • 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Many more are Americans lured into it.
  • There are MILLIONS of slaves throughout the world today. Some estimate as many as 25 million. Of those trafficked internationally, the largest number is for sex slavery.
  • About 1 million children are sold or recruited into sex labor annually.
  • Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States.
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day.
  • One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
  • The DOJ reports that human trafficking is the third most profitable criminal enterprise after drugs and arms trafficking.
  • Houston and El Paso are 2 of the leading cities (of the top 20 in the USA) for human trafficking.

At this point many will ask – what has this got to do with porn? I don’t go to prostitutes. I have nothing to do with sex slaves….

Well, the connection is simple. There is a high demand for sex from men. Pimps, traffickers, club owners, etc supply this demand with women and children.

These same men who go to prostitutes, strip clubs, brothels, etc. almost all start their sexual exploration with pornography. In other words, every time a man looks at pornography (and the majority of those who consume porn are men), they commercialize sex and objectify women. This fuels a mindset that sex is selfish, on-demand, violent, and denigrating to women. The individual persons in videos, strip clubs, street corners, etc. are then exploited as objects, toys, or trash for the men looking for a sexual high.

With the growth, accessibility and ease of using porn, we have become a culture which has fueled a rapid growth in the sex-trade. Thus, trying to fight against sexual slavery, trafficking, and exploitation, without first working on the demand for these things, will never work. The demand is driven by porn.

Porn might give the illusion it is “harmless fun”. But, porn is at the root of sexual exploitation, trafficking, and commercialization of sex. Someone is sexually used to make porn. Every. Time.
Sometimes that person is a slave.

Think of porn as the conduit to sexual exploitation. It conditions the users to objectify sex and become more desensitized to violence and aggression associated with it. Someone is exploited every time porn is made, even if they consent to it. The attitudes and behaviors of discrimination and violence rapidly increase after repeated viewings and the depiction on criminal acts (e.g. rape, murder, etc) are made to seem normal.

The porn industry doesn’t want you to know this. Neither does the devil.
They want you to believe there is nothing wrong with porn.
They lie and say it is harmless.
They say there is no connection between porn and social justice.

They are wrong.

Those who are free from these lies need to repeat the fact that sexual exploitation and trafficking begin every time someone looks at porn…

As one article pointed out…

“A few years back, Dr. Mary Layden, a sex abuse expert and psychotherapist at the University of Pennsylvania who has testified before the U.S. Senate on the dangers of online porn, addressed a forum on sex trafficking at Parliament House in Sydney.

In an article titled, “Online porn addiction turns our kids into victims and predators,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported Layden as saying to the forum that in her 20 years of experience treating sexual violence victims and perpetrators in the U.S., “I didn’t have one case of sexual violence that didn’t involve pornography.””

*According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, prolonged exposure to pornography leads to:

  • An exaggerated perception of sexual activity in society
  • Diminished trust between intimate couples
  • The abandonment of the hope of sexual monogamy
  • Belief that promiscuity is the natural state
  • Belief that abstinence and sexual inactivity are unhealthy
  • Cynicism about love or the need for affection between sexual partners
  • Belief that marriage is sexually confining
  • Lack of attraction to family and child-raising

*According to sociologist Jill Manning, the research indicates pornography consumption is associated with the following six trends, among others:

  • Increased marital distress, and risk of separation and divorce
  • Decreased marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction
  • Infidelity
  • Increased appetite for more graphic types of pornography and sexual activity associated with abusive, illegal or unsafe practices
  • Devaluation of monogamy, marriage and child rearing
  • An increasing number of people struggling with compulsive and addictive sexual behavior

*The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (divorce lawyers) reported that the most salient factors present in divorce cases are as follows:

  • 68% of the divorces involved one party meeting a new lover over the Internet.
  • 56% involved one party having “an obsessive interest in pornographic websites.”
  • 47% involved spending excessive time on the computer.
  • 33% involved excessive time spent speaking in chat rooms.

Porn isn’t just a private issue. It is exploitation of others in every way possible.  
It is a social problem (see the problems in marriages).
It is a religious problem (see the problems in churches).
It is a mental problem (addictive)
It is a family problem (destroys marriages)
etc.

Porn is evil.

What are you going to do about it?

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ADDITIONAL READING:
**What Is Wrong With Porn?
**The Science Of Internet Porn – What Happens To The Brain & The Body
**The Cost of Porn
**Pornography Research
**Porn Is More Addictive Than Cocaine or Heroin!

**Porn & Support For Same-Sex Marriage
**If You Aren’t Convinced Porn Is Destroying Our Culture – Read This!

The Stats on Internet Pornography (232)

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