If We Get Rid Of Porn, Will We Get Rid Of Human Trafficking?

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“The Key thing about sex trafficking is supply and demand. And without the demand, the supply would dry up,” stated one man from the film Hearts of Men. The theory is, if we put an end to pornography, one of the major components which fuels the sex trade, then sex trafficking would end. Tony Anderson, executive producer of Hearts of Men, anti-human trafficking advocate Christine Caine, Dr. Timothy Keller, and many others agree that if we put an end to the demand for pornography then the demand for sex slaves would come to an end.

“The Key thing about sex trafficking is supply and demand. And without the demand, the supply would dry up,” stated one man from the film Hearts of Men. The theory is, if we put an end to pornography, one of the major components which fuels the sex trade, then sex trafficking would end. Tony Anderson, executive producer of Hearts of Men, anti-human trafficking advocate Christine Caine, Dr. Timothy Keller, and many others agree that if we put an end to the demand for pornography then the demand for sex slaves would come to an end.

Now you may be thinking, “how does pornography fuel the demand for sex trafficking?”  It could be argued that most of the porn actors and actresses are engaging in it with their consent, whereas people who are trafficked are being forced against their will. And you may also be thinking abolishing pornography could never happen.

In the article Connections between Pornography and Sex Trafficking, Ana Stutler explains how pornography actually is a form of sex trafficking. “At this point, what we have seen is that the production and consumption of pornography fully qualifies as sex trafficking as defined by U.S. federal law. Yet, under the TVPA, only a “severe form of trafficking”—one that involves “force, fraud, or coercion”—can be prosecuted.” She goes on to point out that, “many instances of porn production do involve some level of force, fraud, or coercion; we just need some political will to investigate and prosecute it. Former porn actress Jan Meza describes the fraud in the industry. She says that the actors and actresses do not know what they are agreeing to or after their initial agreement they couldn’t get away.”

According to the A21 Campaign website, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will, with the average age of the victims being just 12 years old. The website goes on to point out that less than 3% human trafficking victims are ever rescued.

Much is being done to try to put an end to human trafficking. Bringing awareness and educating the world on the subject has definitely made an impact in putting a stop to it. Just this past Sunday it was reported by the Associated Press that 16 children and 50 women were rescued and 45 people were arrested in a crackdown on Super Bowl sex trafficking.

Would the end of porn bring about the end of sex trafficking? Maybe ending pornography wouldn't bring about the absolute end of human trafficking. However, it is one avenue that would help at least diminish it. Another common reason behind why many people sell their children into the sex trade is due to poverty. So would it stand to reason that the end of poverty would help bring about the end of sex trafficking? These are huge world wide issues, and there is not just one right answer to end such a thing. Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.

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