May 28, 2015

Refuse to Click, Cripple a Monster: What we can do about human trafficking

Congress recently sent “The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act” to President Obama. The act, which is expected to be signed into law, will provide further support for human trafficking victims by expanding law enforcement used in their protection, creating a new fund to help victims reintegrate into normal life, and including the production of child pornography in the definition of trafficking.

The devastating effects of human trafficking have been evidenced in recent reports highlighting discovered graves of a Malaysian trafficking camp, Bangladeshis caught in Asian trafficking, and many others. Despite the growth of this inhuman practice, there is something that all internet users can do: refuse to search for pornographic content and encourage others to do the same.

As much as marketers try to hide it, pornography fuels sex slavery (see link). The unanimous testimonies of former pornography actors uncover the abuse, violence, drug use, and illegal activity that go on behind the scenes of pornographic films. Many of the actors, they say, are either there against their will or, if they agreed to perform certain acts, are drugged, beaten, and forced into sexual acts that they never agreed to perform.

The Fight the New Drug Campaign, which educates on the harmful effects of pornography, notes the following:

“Obviously, human trafficking is an underground business, making firm statistics hard to come by. But the facts in cases that come to light are chilling. For example, in 2011, two Miami men were found guilty of spending five years luring women into a human trafficking trap. They would advertise modeling roles, then when women came to try out, they would drug them, kidnap them, rape them, videotape the violence, and sell it to pornography stores and businesses across the country. [5]

“That same year a couple in Missouri was charged with forcing a mentally handicapped girl to produce porn for them by beating, whipping, suffocating, electrocuting, drowning, mutilating, and choking her until she agreed. One of the photos they forced her to make ended up on the front cover of a porn publication owned by Hustler Magazine Group. [6]”

There have been about 900,000,000 internet searches for pornography and counting since the beginning of 2015 (see link). A simple refusal to click could cripple the horrible sex-trafficking industry. (For more information about what you can do, click here.)

As our congress has said, “the demand for commercial sex is a primary cause of the human rights violation of human trafficking, and the elimination of that human rights violation requires the elimination of that demand” (act cited above). Stand with me in taking this simple step to eliminate the demand!

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