Pornography fuels sex slavery. Sex slavery and pornography are not two disconnected issues. They are organically connected in the international market for sex. Most adults and teenagers know what pornography is.
It is printed or virtual material that explicitly describes or displays sexual body parts or activity in order to stimulate erotic feelings. But what exactly is sex slavery? A slave is a person who is the property of another person, and that owner forces the slave to obey them. A sex slave is a person who is the property of another person, and that owner forces the slave to obey them by performing sex acts, usually for money.
Sex slavery is sex trafficking, which includes acquiring, transporting, and exploiting sex slaves. Sometimes people abduct children and adolescent women and force them into prostitution. Most women who enter prostitution have already been sexually abused.
Prostituted women are often girls or adolescent women who are insecure and become emotionally traumatized and view themselves as worthless. Michel is from Colombia, and he grew up in Miami. God saved Michel in , and Michel stopped hanging out with some of his high school friends who regularly partied with alcohol and marijuana. Alex not his real name was one of those friends, and he moved back to Colombia and began making a lot of money.
A few days after his funeral, Alex contacted Michel and asked Michel if he would like to start working for him and replace his friend who had just died. You would just have to go to the airport when I call you and pick up girls that are traveling to Miami. When you pick them up, you can do whatever you want with them for the first day. Then I will give you the address where you have to take them, and some men will be waiting for them.
After a few days, you just pick them up and take them to the airport again. Pornography fuels the demand for prostitution and thus for sex slavery. He promised to send the money she earned back to the mother and to bring Maliha back to visit her family at least once each year.
The mother reluctantly agreed, but the man did not keep his word. A man would grab her by the hand, and she would quietly follow him into one of the booths. There, he would eat and drink and then either take Maliha upstairs to her room or stay right there in the booth and force her to do whatever he told her to do. After he was finished, she would go out and wait for another man, and then another man, and then another man. Sometimes, on a busy night, fifteen or twenty different customers would have their way with Maliha however they desired.
The man who first smiled at her back in her village months before had gone back to find other girls, and Maliha now worked for other men.
They told her that if she tried to stop working at the restaurant, they would go back to the village and bring her little sister there to take her place. They assured her that her work was providing for her family back home. Little did she know that her mom never received another rupee. Meanwhile, for all her mom, little brother, and little sister knew, Maliha had completely forgotten about them when she got to the big city. Even if Maliha could have escaped, where would she go?
She had no clue where she was and no idea how to get home. She knew no one but the men who owned her. She had nothing to her name. The only thing she had was her shame…. She lived in Birmingham, Alabama. Her boyfriend started treating her like a queen and convinced her to flee with him to Los Angeles so that she could be a model. Then he pressured her to pose nude for photo shoots.
Then he pressured her to have sex with truckers. Research continually demonstrates a clear link between sex trafficking and the pro- duction of pornography.
Federal legislation has acknowledged this, participants in the production of pornography have confirmed this, and while exact figures are hard to pin down, one anti-trafficking center reports that at least a third of victims trafficked for sex are used in the production of pornography.
Another study on the relationship between prostitution, pornography, and trafficking found that one half of nearly nine hundred prostitutes in nine different countries reported pornography being made of them while in prostitution. Men and women who indulge in pornography are creating the demand for more prostitutes, and in turn they are fueling the sex-trafficking industry.
Yet the cycle is even more vicious than that. For the more people watch pornography, the more they desire sexual fulfillment through prostitution.
Every time a man or woman views pornography online, we are contributing to a cycle of sex slavery from the privacy of our own computers. For example, one of the more academic argu- ments is in a journal that Johns Hopkins University produces.
More and more women who escape the bondage of sex slavery—which often includes being forced to pose nude for photographs and to endure sex acts for films, all while pretending to enjoy it—are testifying that pornography fuels sex slavery. It fuels the demand for sex slavery. Justin Holcomb explains how: The primary way porn fuels the sex trade is by building the demand.
The sex trade consists of supply and demand. The supply consists of women and children who are either forced into exploitation at home or lured away from their homes with promises of jobs, travel, and a better life. The average age of girls who enter into street prostitution is between 12 and 14 years old, and even younger in some developing countries.
Traffickers coerce women and children to enter the commercial sex industry through a variety of recruitment techniques in strip clubs, street-based prostitution, and escort services. Thousands of children and women are victimized in this way every year.
The trafficking industry would not exist without demand. This is the case even if the porn star you lustfully look at is profiting financially from that pornography. The point is that any and all pornography is part of the worldwide system that fuels prostitution and thus fuels sex slavery. Indulging in pornography has both direct and indirect effects: By contributing to the demand for pornography, he is helping grow the scope and scale of an industry that is responsible for increasing the demand of others to use prostitutes, and thus he is contributing to the increasing supply of prostitutes.
So even a man who does not personally transition from indulging in pornography to prostitutes is still fueling the industry through which others will.
What does it mean to be a man? A man honors a woman when he protects her. It belongs to masculinity to accept danger to protect women. A mature man senses instinctively that as a man he is called to take the lead in guarding the woman he is with.
I am not tempted to punch them or throw them or do any kind of harm to them. Every instinct in me tells me to protect them. This is a value that my parents instilled in me, that my church leaders instilled in me, that God through the Bible has instilled in me, and that most fundamentally God instilled in me as a man.
Harming a woman or child is unconscionable. And looking at pornography belongs in that same category because pornography harms women. Why is it that men do not think about pornography from the vantage point of manhood? My target audience is men—young men, middle-aged men, older men, all of you.
When you hear how adults are enslaving girls and young women—raping them, masturbating in their bodies—does that not make you feel sick to your stomach? Do you not feel outraged against people who victimize children and young women? That is exactly how you should feel about pornography. Pornography should be as vomit-inducing to you as an evil man raping a nine-year-old girl. Pornography should be as revolting and disgusting to you as a group of evil men gang-raping a helpless woman.
This is not the only reason or even the most compelling that a person should not indulge in pornography. Tim Chester lists twelve reasons to give up pornography: Porn wrecks your view of sex. Porn wrecks your view of wom 3. The porn industry abuses women. Porn erodes your character. Porn wastes your time, energy, and money. Porn weakens your relationship with God. Porn weakens your servic Perhaps the most compelling is that last one: Real men should never indulge in pornography because that makes them complicit in sex slavery.
This is about honor. This is about protecting vulnerable women and children. This is about being a man. This is about manhood. I recently read the Wingfeather Saga to my daughter Kara. Janner is the oldest, and he has a younger brother and sister, Tink and Leeli. A motif that runs through the series is that Janner is responsible to protect his siblings. At key points in the story he sacrifices himself for the good of his siblings and others in response to a refrain that rings in his head: