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The Link Between Pornography and Sex Trafficking

Last Updated: March 21, 2014

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

[E]nding this crime so monstrous is not a political issue; it is an American imperative, and a human responsibility. This is why there are still modern-day abolitionists. And this is why the rest of us should join them.” – Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

Sex trafficking is when someone is “coerced, forced, or deceived into prostitution” or maintained in prostitution through coercion (Trafficking in Persons Report, 2011).

Porn: Feeding the Demand

Like all economic crimes, sex trafficking works within a system of supply-distribution-demand, but it is the demand that drive the market for sex.

Laura Lederer, former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. State Department, thinks this is a vital connection. “Pornography is a brilliant social marketing campaign for commercial sexual exploitation,” she says. Not all (or even most) pornography is created by traffickers. But a key ingredient to commercial sex is the belief that people (women especially) are sexual commodities, and Internet pornography is the ideal vehicle to teach and train this belief.

Live Webinar Today

Today we are hosting a free online seminar, Sexploited,  at 10:30am (EST). Register now. Learn more about how porn leads to sexual exploitation.

Webinar panelists include:

  • Laura Lederer, former Senior Director of Global Projects in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State
  • Jan E. Meza, ex-porn actress
  • Noel Bouché, Vice President of pureHOPE
  • Comments on: The Link Between Pornography and Sex Trafficking
    1. Matthew Snyder on

      Really bummed that I missed this today! I had to work. Is there going to be a recording of the webinar? I’d love to listen to it.

      Reply
      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Hi Matthew. Yes. It was recorded and we’ll make the recording available later!

    2. Sharda Ramachandran on

      Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
      I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would really
      like to have you share some stories/information.
      I know my viewers would appreciate your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

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