“The director himself put his hands on me and was choking me. Never in a million years did I think [they] would allow it.”
“I was threatened by agents that attempted to rape me. I was taken advantage of from men offering me scenes after I had sex with them—only to never get the contract.”
Sex trafficking, abuse, and other forms of exploitation blend in with what’s mainstream and normalized in our porn-obsessed society.
When Deanna Lynn turned 18, her friends and the pimp they introduced her to would sell her to other couples “to help [the couples] connect.” This was her introduction to the commercial sex industry.
We don’t need to tear other humans down to give visibility to the proven harmful effects of pornography, even if someone is a performer.
We do not believe anyone deserves to be raped or abused, ever. We are part of a movement that brings hope and humanity to the dark world of porn.
“I was a fully-fledged addict. I needed drugs to get me through porn scenes. I needed drugs to numb my pain. I needed drugs to make me feel ‘happy.'”
“In this Industry, You’re No Longer Human”: Study Reveals Many Performers’ Exploitation in Porn Article
According to this qualitative study interviewing women in the porn industry, many report that financial vulnerability, poor mental health, prior sexual abuse, and exploitation are common experiences of those in the industry.
The majority of porn consumers who participated in this study weren’t concerned about porn performer mistreatment, but those who did learn about performer mistreatment took action to combat it.
“The More Real the Pain, the More Views I Got”: Real Stories from Theodosia, a Former BDSM Porn Performer Article
“The more real my pain was, the more I cried from the depth of my depths, the more abuse I took, the more my videos were watched.”
“This was the lie I had been told: that in porn, for the first time in my life, I would have control over what I would or wouldn’t be asked to do sexually. I would have a say in what would happen with my body.”
There is actually no formal system for reporting abuse in the porn industry. What’s worse? Those who report abuse publicly are often blacklisted.