Everyone knows about porn, but not everyone knows about the brutal treatment and abuse that performers often go through to create it. Hear from 10 popular performers reveal what it’s really like to be part of the world’s “sexiest” job.
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The men in porn appear as though they are dominant and in control, but behind the scenes, they are usually victims of the same harsh conditions and harmful situations as female performers.
There is actually no formal system for reporting abuse in the porn industry. What’s worse? Those who report abuse publicly are often blacklisted.
“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.”
“We lie to you. We’re selling a product—the sex, the persona. Like actors do press tours, everything a porn star does on social media is advertising.”
These claims further confirm that the porn industry is running a good PR campaign that covers over a multitude of misconduct and keeps consumers from knowing the reality behind the scenes.
When Emily 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.
This requirement provides the only way to verify and track performers’ ages and serves as a major incentive for businesses across the complex supply chain to monitor content—and now it’s gone.
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.
If you ever wonder why porn performers never publicly speak out about abuse or violence they experience on set while still in the industry, read on.
“It’s not worth it. Then you have to make further negotiations with yourself like, ‘Will I do torture porn? Will I do fetish porn? Will I do…forced sex?'”
“This is what porn did for me. It reduced me to feeling ashamed of myself because I didn’t have the ‘confidence’ to hurt or humiliate on men for money.”