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How Teen Girls Get Tricked Into Doing Porn

By April 7, 2016 No Comments

We get messages all the time from people who are convinced that porn doesn’t hurt anyone. They can’t believe that the actors in the videos they watch would ever be coerced into having sex on camera because they’re being threatened or were led there under false pretenses. If they look like they’re enjoying what’s being done to them, there can’t possibly be any issue, right?

Wrong.

Some of the porn industry’s biggest resources are naive teens and early twenty-somethings looking to make a quick buck. How do they snag vulnerable and unsuspecting girls?

Online classifieds.

Take a look inside the reality that is adult entertainment recruitment. “Agents” post ads on sites like Craigslist looking for “models.” They’re promised money, fame, and fair treatment, but the reality behind these posts is a dark one.

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These ads may look suspicious to the trained eye, but to a teenage girl with limited experience and in need of cash, the posts seem like an easy opportunity to make money. Embedded among other talent ads seeking musicians, makeup artists, and other legitimate modeling jobs, these “agents” reel in hundreds of girls a day who are willing to take the bait. While some of them mention “nude modeling” or working in “lingerie,” the base intention is to get as much out of these girls as possible. The ideal for these agents is to get their girls into situations where they can’t say “no” to doing porn. Yes, some of these ads clearly state that they’re for “adult films,” but they don’t mention that the girls will be raped on camera, or forced to perform the most degrading acts imaginable for viewers to play on repeat. This isn’t some innocent recruitment where they only have to pretend to have sex with a stranger and get paid in return.

A lot of times, if they say “yes” and show up to the shoot, they will be unable to back out even if they wanted to. They’re threatened, coerced, and humiliated into giving these agencies what they want, and then disposed of without any regard to their dignity or value. Whether it be a fat check or a hidden clause in their “modeling” contract, posts like the ones above yield hundreds of victims a day who never understand what they’re getting themselves into or were told what they were signing up for.

Here’s a real life example.

Remember that video we recently posted of the interview with the mom who dropped her daughter off at her first porn shoot? After Fight the New Drug posted the clip, we quickly learned there was much more to the story. We received a message from the girl herself, telling us what really went down that day. Here is a screenshot of the actual message we received from the girl in the video. She fell for an online classifieds gimmick, exactly like ones listed above. She was just 18 when an ad caught her eye, and off she went to her first porn shoot without being told what she was really signing up for.

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But this is just one girl, right? The rest of porn actors are actually happy to perform for the camera, and this is just a single situation…

Wrong.

This happens way more than people realize. The day after she reached out to us, her legal representation told us another piece to the story.

“You may not know the entire backstory but there is a company that poses as a real and legit modeling agency who targets young barely 18 girls (18-20). They fly them out of state, put them up in a hotel and not until then do these innocent girls find out they will be performing porn. Their interviews are faked. They are told that if they don’t go by the written script in the videos (which will be shown later online) and look like they are happy to do it, then they will be put out and have to find their own way home at their own expense. All of this while several large scary looking men menace over them. We have 19 of these girls on our caseload, all of which told us the same story. These girls are victims.” DMCA Defender

The underbelly of the amateur porn industry is filled with situations like these. As we see in the Netflix’s documentary, Hot Girls Wanted, not even the girls who knowingly sign up for porn understand what they’re getting themselves into. The porn agent featured in the film says, “Every day a new girl turns 18, and every day a new girl wants to do porn. I will literally never run out of girls.”

In one scene, a girl tells a story of how she showed up for a shoot one day, only to find that the gig was just one man at his house with a camera set up. She didn’t know he was going to force her to perform aggressive acts while he filmed it.

“I was scared. I was terrified,” she says. “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if I could tell him no.”

Afterwards, she asked herself why she didn’t fight back. As someone who signed up to be a porn star because of the “freedom” and the money, she realized that she’d been hooked into an industry that thrives off of deception and coercion.

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This is just a glimpse into what goes on before and after the cameras roll. Supporting the porn industry is supporting the exploitation of young girls who get themselves in over their heads, and are unable to back out when they realize what they really signed up for.

We’re here to speak on their behalf, and say that these girls are worth so much more than the porn industry values them for.

What YOU Can Do

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