Pornography has become so mainstream and common in American society today, many people do not think twice about seeing it or using it. It is laced into our movies, advertising and throughout the internet, making it nearly inescapable for people to see. Though some recognize its detrimental effects, many see pornography representing their freedom as Americans; they ignore the fact that pornography is extremely harmful to everyone involved: actors, producers, users. It corrupts their minds and hearts and causes them to break down mentally, physically and spiritually.
Pornography is so easily accessible, approximately 11 million teens access some form of pornography on a daily basis; the majority without their parents knowledge. Young adults, single adults and married adults are doing so as well. According to a 2006 Internet Filter Review*, “Every second, $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography; 28,258 Internet viewers are viewing pornography; 372 Internet users are typing adult search terms into search engines; and every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States.”
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When you examine the psychology of addiction, there are many interesting commonalities in all types of addictions. One in particular is that whatever one is addicted to, be it gambling, drugs or pornography, the addiction requires an increasing amount of its “drug” to fulfill the thrill. In this way, the addiction is an escalating one. For example, someone addicted to pornography quickly becomes unsatisfied with “standard” adult porn. They may start to seek out porn featuring younger and younger child subjects, or even porn that involves violence. Eventually, when the pictures and videos are not enough, they want a real child victim, or they start acting violent towards their sex partners, to experience what they’re seeing for themselves.
In the words of Angela Lu (writer for the Daily Dispatch), “Sex trafficking is the issue de jour on college campuses. Students attend documentaries, hold charity walks, and put on bake sales to raise money for safe houses and victim restoration. Special speakers spread awareness about girls trapped in the sex industry against their will. While most anti-trafficking work focuses on helping victims, few students talk about what propels women into the trade: The continued demand by men to buy women and the role internet pornography plays in that demand.”
Lisa Thompson, the Salvation Army’s liaison for the abolition of sexual trafficking, notes the glamour attached to “saying you’re doing anti-trafficking work” adding, “It would be nice to see people take on small and unheralded and humble bits of work with the prevention side of trafficking.”
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Mary Layden, co-director of the Sexual Truama and Psychopathology Program at the University of PA argues that porn’s accessibility sets up entitlement: “I hear men say sex is a need, I have a right to it.” And as the sense of entitlement increases, men see no qualms with paying women for sex in order to fulfill their “need.” She found that men who went to prostitutes were twice as likely to watch porn than other men.
Taking on porn means challenging the culture’s libertarian attitude about sex, which basically says anything goes between consenting adults, and those who don’t like porn can change the channel. Those attitudes are prevalent on college campuses, where 87 percent of males and 31 percent of females admit to watching porn, according to a 2008 Brigham Young University study.
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The following information on sex trafficking cases is based solely on information learned through the substantive, US-based signals — or phone calls, emails, and online tip reports — received on the NHTRC (National Human Trafficking Resource Center) hotline as of June 30, 2014.
Total Cases: 12,508
Total Victims – Moderate: 10,349
Total Victims – High: 9,757
2014 statistics are current as of December 31, 2014.
Sex Trafficking Cases Reported This Year: 3,598
3,598 Victims & Survivors Identified:
High Indicators 2,822
Moderate Indicators 2,665
Top States By Sex Trafficking:
New York (205)
New Jersey (125)
US Citizen/LPR (1,576)
Foreign National (464)
These statistics are non-cumulative. Cases may involve multiple victims and include males and females, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, adults and minors. In some cases, callers do not provide demographic information.
The data displayed on this site is generated from information communicated to the NHTRC hotline via phone, email, and online tip report. The NHTRC cannot verify the accuracy of the information reported. This is not a comprehensive report on the scale or scope of human trafficking within an area. These statistics may be subject to change.