Sex trafficking is defined by the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report as a “severe form” of trafficking in which “a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.” In the US, anywhere from 100,000 to 250,000 American children are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation per year.
Like any commercial enterprise, sex-for-hire is a matter of supply (the girls), distribution (the pimps and brothels), and demand (the johns). Despite the enormous legal risks and the social taboos of buying sex, why is the demand so great?
Stop the Demand shows the critical links between the use of pornography and the prevalence of sex trafficking. A key ingredient to the success of commercial sex is the belief that people—women and children especially—are sexual commodities, and Internet pornography is the ideal vehicle to teach and train this belief.
In this paper you will learn about…
- The medical affects of porn on the brain
- The way pornography increases the risk of sexual deviancy
- How pornography shapes beliefs about women
- How pornography eroticizes youth and violence
- Action steps communities can take to make a difference