We need to completely retool how we conceptualize pornography. When you look at
definitions of prostitution - that it’s the exchange of a sex act for something of value - well, that’s what’s going on
in pornography. Sex acts are being exchanged; somebody’s profitting for that exchange.
Lisa Thompson, Salvation Army
liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking 1
A Worldwide Epidemoc
Today's sex industry began to flourish in the 1950s and 1960s. Pornography has thrived through the
'liberalization of laws', citizens 'tolerance', easy accessibly, off-shore sites, and anonymous distribution and
Pornography and the Family
Forty-seven percent of families in the United States have reported that pornography is a problem in their
homes. Viewers of pornography experience an increased marital infidelity rate of more than 300%. The
discovery of pornographic use is a traumatic event that affects a women's self worth and changes the perception of
their partners' character.
Satisfaction in their relationship decreases due to the comparison between their relationship
and the fictional alternative. Frequent pornographic use is linked to feelings of loneliness, including major depression.
Forty percent of "sex addicts" lose their spouses, 58% suffer considerable financial losses, and a third lose their
American children begin consuming hard core pornography at an average age of eleven. Four out of five
16 year-olds regularly access pornography online. Teenagers frequently exposed to sexual content have a substantially
greater likelihood of teenage pregnancy.
Roughly two-thirds of young men and one-half of young women agree that viewing pornography is acceptable. Eighty-seven
percent of young men and thirty-one percent young women report using pornography.
Pornography decreases interest in long-term relationships. 4
Pornography directly and indirectly is a part of human trafficking. Pornographic images
and videos are used for training purposes in human slavery. Every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography on the
internet. Children as young as 3 years old are sold for sex.
Cycle of Addiction
Internet Pornography: By the Numbers
The Internet has become the premier media outlet for pornography, often facilitated by human trafficking
and other forms of bondage. Every conceivable, and inconceivable, type of pornography is available.
These Internet sites specialize in subscriptions including 'live web cam porn', downloads, and dating facilities generating
an industry income of $3,075.64 / second.
The U.S. is the primary source of Internet pornography.
The United States accounts for 21% of the pornography industry.
40 million adults regularly view pornographic websites.
24 million worldwide pornographic websites, 450 million visitors / month.
Pornography accounts for 69% of total Internet content sales.
A new pornography video is being created every 39 minutes in the United States.
Every second 28,258 users are watching pornography on the internet.
Every second $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography on the internet - approximately $94 billion per year.
35% of all internet downloads are related to pornography.
25% of all search engine queries are related to pornography (68 million / day).
116,000 queries every day related to child pornography.
About 200,000 Americans are "porn addicts".
One third of porn viewers are women.
34% of Internet users have experienced unwanted exposure to pornographic content.
2.5 billion emails sent or received every day contain porn.
Internet Pornography and Slavery
Pornography directly and indirectly is a part of human trafficking.
Many enter the industry with a distorted romantic view of what it will be like, and many producers and
agents take advantage of their innocence, tricking them into something they didn't anticipate. They sign
contracts and are not allowed to back out.
New recruits are thrown right into brutal and traumatic scenes and performances. Force is often used to
make them finish. The average career of a [non-captive] pornographic actress is three months because the body
can only withstand so much harm.
Pornography conditions people to view others as commodities. Pornography directly affects trafficking in
that many of those involved are in sexual slavery. Pornography is used to train slaves for specific acts and
behaviors for the clientele. The public believes that those acting / performing in pornography enjoy their
Sex trafficking is one of the most profitable illegal businesses in both Eastern and Western Europe.
In Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, between 200,000 and 400,000 women have been sold into prostitution since
1989 – 10 per cent of the female population. The country is the main exporter of sex slaves for the
In 2007, a mentally disabled woman, who was kept as a slave for over seven years, was photographed by a
nationally well know pornographic magazine. Her "owner" coerced her into believing he would give her a
Hardcore pornography is new, just budding over a decade ago, but it is changing the way culture views
pornography even affecting those who do not use it ... In order to combat and prevent trafficking, people
must not succumb to pornography's myths and invest in the industry so that they do not put themselves or
others in harm's way. Pornography is pervading all aspects of life so it is important to know how it is
affecting individuals and the broader society. 2
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