Sometimes Porn IS Human Sex Trafficking

What happened to me could happen [to] any girl in my industry.

The definition of human sex trafficking varies from person to person and organization to organization. At Chains Interrupted our definition of human sex trafficking goes something like this “Forcing, tricking, or manipulating a person into have sex with someone else (especially when done so for financial gain and/or on a repeated basis)” [Our official definition is the federal definition as stated in the TVPA of 2000 (22 USC s7102)]. Under this definition almost all porn would be considered sex trafficking, as women are tricked, lied to, and manipulated to convince them to have sex for money while being filmed. Woman are told that doing porn is empowering, and that it frees them in their sexuality. They are told it will give them self-worth and that it will make them fabulously wealthy. But in reality, pornographers don’t care about the self-worth of the actors they employ, they just care about the money. When someone else is profiting off of your sex life, that should be a red flag!

But even if your definition of human sex trafficking is less broad, sometimes even porn IS human sex trafficking. Maybe your definition is the same as many others “Woman being physically forced (against their will) to have sex for money, often times being raped violently”. Does that definition describe porn? It absolutely does, at least some of the time.

Porn stars are often raped on set. Their rape is filmed and sold.

Late Christmas evening the Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/) came out with a report about the rape of one of America’s most famous porn stars, the rape under the supervision of one of the best known porn companies in America.

The porn star tweeted last week about how she “went into shock on set and cried”. What’s tragic is that it was the film’s director who did the beating and the raping. While she was shooting a sex scene the film’s director intervened and stomped on her head before violently choking her (according to the porn star herself). She begged him to “cut”, cried out “no!” she even clarified that she was “not ok with this,” but no one on set listened to her objections.

“It wasn’t supposed to be a rape scene,” she tragically tweeted. She publicly commented regarding the event “What happened to me could happen [to] any girl in my industry.”

"...it wasn't supposed to be a rape scene."
“…it wasn’t supposed to be a rape scene.”

Folks, this woman was raped, brutally, for money. Any definition of sex trafficking would agree this is a prime example of what a sex trafficking victim goes through. But for some reason, because there were cameras around, we call this “porn” and not “sex trafficking.” The reality is, sometimes porn is sex trafficking, and it may be impossible for the porn consumer to know the difference.

The report including the following testimonial from a former porn actress regarding the industry:

As a former porn star, I’ve done scenes that were so brutal I could barely drive home. I’d spend the next day curled up in a ball on my couch not wanting to move, unable to eat because everything hurt so much.  Some of those scenes were with [that same porn director]. I never blamed him at the time, because I knew it’d be rough and I assumed that’s just how porn was. That’s how a lot of women thought back then: we accepted the status quo without knowing we shouldn’t. Complaining meant risking your job. We said we were empowered women having sex for money, but were we really?

Sometimes the rape is not even filmed, it is just straight up rape. Many porn directors, it is reported, have a reputation for tricking women into sex, lying to them and telling them they have to comply to keep their job or get more work.

“It was a well-known director for a big company. I was only a few months in so I didn’t know how to handle it,” says one adult actress. “It was 2009. It was on set after my scene. The director lured me into the other room. I froze up and didn’t try to stop him because I was scared I wouldn’t get paid or not get hired again.”

You can read the article in its entirety here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/25/a-famous-porn-star-claims-she-was-raped-on-set-will-she-receive-justice.html

Rape in porn scenes is not an isolated incident. It happens all the time.

Your reaction to this story might be “Well that’s just an isolated incident.” Unfortunately the truth is it happens all the time. Take a look at this quote compiled by Fight the New Drug:

Part of the lie porn producers want customers to buy into is that porn is legitimate entertainment made by glamorous people who are doing it because it’s what they want. This myth makes it OK for the user to enjoy it because the people they’re watching seem to be enjoying it. What users don’t know is that some of those people look like they’re having a good time because behind the scenes they have a gun pointed at their head, and if they stop smiling it will go off. Obviously, human trafficking is an underground business, making firm statistics hard to come by. But year after year new cases come to life that are chilling. We learn of more and more situations where women are lured into human trafficking traps where they are drugged, kidnapped, raped – and the violence is videotaped and sold to businesses and stores who sell pornography across the world.

Peters, R. W., Lederer, L. J., and Kelly, S. (2012). The Slave and the Porn Star: Sexual Trafficking and Pornography. In M. Mattar and J. Braunmiller (Eds.) Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society 5: 1-21.
U.S. Department of Justice. (2012). Two Men Sentenced to Multiple Life Sentences for Enticing Women to South Florida to Engage in Commercial Sex Acts and Distributing Date Rape Pills. Press Release, Feb. 17.

Now here is the question I want to ask you, if you or a loved one watches porn. How do you KNOW there is not a gun behind the camera? How do you know the woman you are watching is not drugged and you are watching her rape unfold? If it can happen in one of the most successful porn businesses in America, how often does it happen with less reputable pornographers? Let me leave you with a couple quotes from former porn stars about the porn industry:

I got the &*%$ kicked out of me …. Most of the girls start crying because they’re hurting so bad …. I couldn’t breathe. I was being hit and choked. I was really upset and they didn’t stop. They kept filming. [I asked them to turn the camera off] and they kept going.

 

You’re viewed as an object and not as a human with a spirit. People do drugs because they can’t deal with the way they are being treated. Seventy five percent [of porn performers] and rising are using drugs. Have to numb themselves. There are specific doctors in this industry that if you go in for a common cold they’ll give you Vicodin, Viagra, anything you want because all they care about is the money. You are a number. You’re bruised. You have black eyes. You’re ripped. You’re torn. You have your insides coming out.

If you ever feel tempted to defend the porn industry, I hope these two quotes ring in your head. Porn is a dark industry full of dark secretes, take a stand against rape and sex trafficking, take a stand against porn.

Learn more about porn’s dark secrets here: http://fightthenewdrug.org/the-porn-industrys-dark-secrets/

If you’re addicted to porn and want help.

Finally, if you are addicted to porn and want help, I am here for you. Stop The Demand in Cedar Rapids is here for you. We love you, we understand the addiction is real and we want to help. If you want help please email me at StopTheDemandNow@gmail.com and we can start a conversation about the healing process. Don’t feel bad, you are not alone in this fight! Again, there is help, this can be beat, and we want to help you!

Pastor Christian
Pastor Christian