Today’s Target Porn

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Today’s target is porn. I discriminate against Pornography for a few reasons as you can well guess. But the inspiration for this post is this new development in the porn industry. The use of facial recognition software to find webcam models.  This is going to turn many a webcam model into the kind of celebrities that will be earning entirely too much money to EVER get out of the sex trade.

And that is one of the reasons I hate porn. Because it takes one of the most beautiful and intimate activities that God has given man and turns it into a commodity. Like Orange Juice or Pork Bellies. People get so caught up using pornography that they ignore their mates, stop dating, and sometimes even pursue the most perverted of activities just because they saw someone else do it and thought it may be fun.

To be fair, it is actually a love/hate relationship. But I am doing my best to avoid it going forward simply cause I am single and it is way too easy to rely on porn and avoid real opportunities to actually share intimacy. But enough about me.

Another reason I am discriminating against porn is that in many cases it is the product of sex trafficking and the sex trade.

How tragic is it that people get caught up in the sex trade?

Let’s look at some statistics:

Sex trafficking that involves the forcible abduction of people for the purposes of profiting from sexual slavery either in the porn industry or prostitution. According to one source equalitynow.org 20.9 people are enslaved every year. With 2 million of them being children. Children. That means that 2 million children every year are enslaved by some criminal to perform sex acts for money.

That is some wack shit right there.

And what of the death toll for sex workers who are enslaved? An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old. According to a Newsmax story that was published in 2001. So if we extrapolate a modern estimate, it is probably closer this year to 50,000 people. Or maybe even 100000. Only God knows for sure.

And here is the last one that hopefully will persuade you that porn is worth discriminating against: According to Louise Shelley in Human Trafficking, A Global Perspective:  Human traffickers are increasingly trafficking pregnant women for their newborns. Babies are sold on the black market, where the profit is divided between the traffickers, doctors, lawyers, border officials, and others. The mother is usually paid less than what is promised her, citing the cost of travel and creating false documents. A mother might receive as little as a few hundred dollars for her baby.

So you may be saying to yourself, well how does all this relate to the nice dvd my wife and I like to pop in every now and then cause we want to do it, but we need a little impetus to get us started?

Consider the logic I employ here.

Maybe the people in the DVD were kidnapped at the age of 13. Maybe they were compelled to perform sex acts on other people for money or just for fun.  Maybe this caused them to be involved in filming the sex acts so they could continue to support a drug habit they acquired due to the fact that one of their customers gave them a pill one day to help them perform some extremely perverted act. Maybe you are watching a victim of human slavery. Maybe you helped the criminal that enslaved them to pay for his BMW. Maybe you are just as guilty as they are. Guilty by Association.