The PORNOGRAPHY Connection

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Human trafficking and pornography are undeniably linked.  Porn is often considered the gateway to trafficking.  It is a classic supply and demand scenario.  By stopping the demand (Porn) and supply will no longer be needed (Human Trafficking).   But it is vital to understand the link between these two enterprises in order to begin to create the change needed to stop it.

Talking Points

  • Pornography fuels the global sex trade by driving demand into the mainstream of society.
  • Pornography is used as a “tool” to train young children and women so that they will “know” what to do in performing sex acts.
  • Often, the forced sexual acts between the prostituted woman/child and the John will be filmed and photographed and then shared elsewhere.
  • Studies show that pornography users often seek to act out what they have viewed in porn. Often their partners will not engage in such acts, so they seek it elsewhere – increasing the demand for trafficked women and children to be prostituted.
  • Pimps are operating more and more online as it becomes easier to connect with potential buyers and to remain anonymous. Popular websites like and have become “virtual brothels” where one can quickly find prostituted women and children to engage in sex acts.
  • As addictions to pornography increase, users seek harder and harder material. There is a recent boom in the availability of “live” porn as trafficked children and women are forced to perform “on-demand” sex acts in front of web cameras as “Johns” or porn users watch.
  • Porn users do not and cannot distinguish between trafficked women, prostitutes, and porn stars.