Pornography's Role in Sex Trafficking

How is pornography linked to sex trafficking? In short, 80% of sex trafficking victims reported that their captors made them view pornography to illustrate the kinds of sexual acts that they would need to perform for their “buyers.” In addition to viewing pornography to groom and essentially train victims as to the captors' expectations, victims are forced to participate in pornography, which is intended to be shared with men and women across the world, much of it occurring "live" with paying customers. Even though adult males can be victims of sex trafficking, victims are more likely to be women and children. The traffickers use the victim’s participation in pornographic films as a means of psychologically controlling, blackmailing, and desensitizing victims in knowing that those images will likely remain in cyberspace indefinitely.

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