Sex trafficking has recently become a hot social justice issue. Nearly everyone is against sex trafficking, along with rape and sexual violence. Yet on the flip-side, pornography has never been so normalized in our society. It’s seen as a normal, even healthy, expression of sexuality. It’s accepted as the natural thing to do. It’s protected as free speech.
But sex trafficking and pornography go hand-in-hand. Being against sex trafficking while watching pornography is like saying you’re a vegan and eating meat. Here are three ways porn and sex trafficking intersect:
- Porn increases demand for paid sex. Like all industries, sex trafficking is driven by demand. The more buyers there are, the more product (girls, boys, and women) sellers need to provide.
- Porn is used to train victims of sex trafficking about what sex-buyers want.
- Porn production is rife with violence, threats, force, fraud and coercion (wait…that’s the definition of human trafficking.)
[Learn more about the intersection of porn and sex trafficking, along with source citations in Fight the New Drug’s article “The Porn Industry’s Dark Secret”]
Porn is addictive. The earlier a person is first exposed to porn, the more harmful the addiction can be. And with the proliferation of free online content, porn addiction has become an epidemic.
Like any addiction, the first step is admitting you have a problem. The next step is getting help, because no one can beat an addiction alone. Here are some great resources to help a recovering porn addict on the journey:
- FTND’s Fortify Program
- Covenant Eyes Accountability and Internet Filtering
- Resource List from National Center on Sexual Exploitation
- Internet Safety 101 from Enough is Enough
Local Tri-Cities, Washington addiction recovery groups:
Avenue is a Christ-centered, faith-based program that helps men find victory over inappropriate sexual activity. Whether it's porn use, extramarital sex, and anything in-between, Avenue can help you on the journey to recovery and freedom from shame and guilt associated with inappropriate sexual activity. Membership in this group requires an interview.
These groups meet at C3, 150 Gage Blvd. Richland, WA 99352
Ministry Leader: Adam Hrebeniuk adam@C3tricities.com (509) 627-2055
Tri-Cities SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous)
Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
1153 Gage Boulevard
Richland, WA 99352
Riverview Counseling & Consultant Inc
1110 Gilmore Ave, Richland (N of Swift Blvd) Thursday 6:00 PM
Jim D – 509-554-8488 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat O – 505-903-8799