One of the biggest humanitarian crises the world is dealing with today is sex trafficking. And many porn users may not know just how much sex trafficking and the porn industry are inseparably connected.
Porn fuels the demand for sex trafficking due to the fact that many sex trafficking victims are forced to do porn while enslaved. For example, in 2011, two Miami men were found guilty of luring women into a sex trafficking trap for over 5 years. They would advertise modeling roles and when women came to audition, they would drug them, kidnap them, rape them, videotape it, and sell it to pornography stores and businesses across the country.
This is only the tip of the iceberg; just one case of millions. Sex traffickers know that porn is a great opportunity for them to make money from the victims they traffic, and they take advantage of every opportunity to profit from their abuse.
For an average porn user, there is no way to know where their pornography came from and if the actors are performing willingly. No matter how good or “fun” something looks, they may not be there by choice. So by clicking pornography, viewers are supporting the demand for it in the sex trafficking industry. The two go hand in hand, and contribute to serious crimes against humans and society.
To shed light on these dark facts, an Irish ad agency came up with a relatable and illustrative campaign. They linked up with popular dating app, Tinder, to show the hard truth behind how you can never quite know what you’re clicking.
The campaign reached Tinder-users by placing seemingly normal women (the agency used models to pose as sex trafficking victims), and revealed that with each swipe right, the photos became increasingly more disturbing and “real.” The user then ends on a message about sex trafficking and how they can get informed.
Check it out:
photos courtesy of Eighty Twenty
As you can see, this powerful campaign shows the truth that when it comes to porn, the person on screen may very well be a person in chains.
And many times, there is no way for anyone to tell the difference. Clicking it is supporting it.
Science and research are showing that porn isn’t only harmful to those who watch it, it’s also harmful to those who create it. And in too many cases, it’s harmful to people who want nothing to do with it, but are forced, beaten, coerced, and drugged into being a part of it. Unfortunately, society doesn’t understand this yet, and we’re doing something about it by raising awareness.