Your No Is Her Hope
Can a single word help bring sex trafficking to its knees? We believe it can.
Many women and children who are sexually exploited are being used for the production of pornography and suffer extreme abuse. In fact, pornography is the primary gateway for the purchase of millions of innocent humans used for commercial sex.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Whether you’ve looked at pornography or not – your no is her hope.
When you say no to pornography, you say no to sex trafficking and save the lives of innocent people. When you influence those around you to say no to pornography, you shape the culture and defend those who cannot defend themselves.
Inspired by recent actions in the U.K., UnBound is urging the U.S. government to tighten restrictions on internet pornography. Our lawyers have drafted a petition asking the federal government to put laws into place requiring internet providers to automatically block pornographic websites. If someone wants to view sites with adult content, they call their internet service provider and request the block be removed. This new law would drastically reduce the ease in which pornography is readily available.
The fact that these victims are filmed or photographed does not change the fact that it is a violent crime. Because a third party is recruiting someone for the purpose of sexual exploitation and making a profit, many adult pornography materials and all child pornography materials fit the legal definition of human trafficking.
It also feeds the demand for human trafficking. When the desire for porn increases, the demand for more or different or harder kinds or pornography increases. To produce such hard porn, trafficked men, women and children are used in its production. Men who end up in brothels often began their sexual addictions with porn.
Porn by the numbers:
$20 billion: Global porn revenue 1
$10 billion: US porn revenue 1
70 million: Users per week 7
25 % : users who are women 6
46%: users who are married 6
56%: divorces that referenced porn addiction 14
51% & 32%: men/women who viewed porn before age 12 8
50% & 20%: Christian men/women addicted to porn 9
37%: Pastors who said viewing porn was a “current struggle” 10
Saying no to porn is not just a matter of personal piety or sin avoidance. Saying no to porn can bring freedom to you and the millions enslaved today by the sex industry. If you are addicted to pornography, you can get help.
Learn More “Pornography Statistics”. Covenant Eyes (2013). Accessed from www.covenanteyes.com/resources.
Mackinnon, C (2004). “Pornography as trafficking” Michigan Journal of International Law (26) p. 993.
1. Paul M. Barrett, “The new republic of porn,” Bloomberg Businessweek, June 21, 2012. http://www.businessweek.com/printer/ articles/58466-the-new-republic-of-porn (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
2. Paul Keegan, “Prime-time porn borrowing tactics from the old Hollywood studios, Vivid Entertainment has ditched the plain brown wrapper and is taking the multibillion-dollar sex-film industry mainstream,” Business 2.0 Magazine, June 1, 2003. http:// money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2003/06/01/343376/index.htm (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
3. Jennifer Davies and David Washburn, “San Diego’s adult entertainment goes uptown, upscale and online (first of two parts),” Union Tribune, Oct. 18, 2004. http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/metro/20041018-9999-lz1n18adult.html (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
4. James Griffith, Sharon Mitchell, Christian Hart, Lea Adams, and Lucy Gu, “Pornography actresses: An assessment of the damaged goods hypothesis,” Journal of Sex Research (November 2012): 1-12.
5. Ogi Ogasa and Sai Gaddam, A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tell Us About Sexual Relationships. (New York: Plume, 2011).
6. Free Speech Coalition, WHITE PAPER 2005.
7. “Protecting Kids Online,” The Washington Post, July 1, 2004. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19307-2004Jun30.html (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
8. Michael Leahy, Porn University: What College Students Are Really Saying About Sex on Campus (Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2009).
9. ChristiaNet, Inc., “ChristiaNet poll finds that evangelicals are addicted to porn.” Marketwire, Aug. 7, 2006. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/christianet-poll-finds-that-evangelicals-are-addicted-to-porn-703951.htm (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
10. Leadership Journal, “Leadership Survey.”
11. Farley, M. (2007) Prostitution & trafficking in Nevada: Making the connections. Prostitution Research & Education: San Fransisco.
12. Mackinnon, C (2004). “Pornography as trafficking”. Michigan Journal of International Law (26) p. 993.
13. “Pornography Statistics”. Covenant Eyes (2013). Accessed from www.covenanteyes.com/resources.
14. Jonathan Dedmon, “Is the Internet bad for your marriage? Online affairs, pornographic sites playing greater role in divorces.” Press Release from The Dilenschneider Group, Inc., Nov. 14, 2002. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/is-the-internet-bad-for-your-marriage-online-affairs-pornographic-sites-playing-greater-role-in-divorces-76826727.html (accessed Dec. 27, 2012).
If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking call The National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888