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How These 5 Porn Performers Were Trafficked Into the Industry

By January 23, 2020 February 20th, 2020 No Comments
Cover photo of Linda Lovelace from the Daily Mail.
TRIGGER WARNING
The following post contains descriptions of disturbing situations and abusive scenarios, as well as descriptions of porn videos.

Here at Fight The New Drug, we hear from plenty of people that don’t agree with our stance on porn, and that’s to be expected in this porn-saturated society. Many porn-defenders claim that performers in porn wouldn’t participate if they didn’t enjoy what they were doing. They argue that these are simply adults making a living, doing what they love. But is that the case for 100% of performers?

Regardless of all the overwhelming research and countless personal accounts exposing the dark reality of the porn industry, many still buy into the fantasy that the porn industry works hard to maintain. A lot of people have a similar mindset as this guy who messaged us on Facebook, or this woman who tweeted at us:

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“Porn hurts nobody.” “They do it because they like to do it.”

These are popular perceptions that many people in our society have when it comes to pornography. It’s understandable that most porn consumers wouldn’t know the dark truth about the industry given how most performers who speak out are shamed into silence or blacklisted from working bigger jobs.

However, perception is not always reality. The fact is, sex trafficking and porn go hand in hand. And while active porn performers rarely, if ever, speak out due to fear of not getting work, getting blackmailed, or being discriminated against, the majority of those very same performers inevitably end up speaking out on their real experiences once they leave the industry. These personal accounts are never pretty.

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The truth is, many performers, often women, are struggling to make ends meet when an internet stranger or online ad offers them a seemingly simple way to make some quick cash—and what was supposed to be a one-time agreement can turn into a situation of coercion and blackmail. Others are tricked into traveling to a distant part of the country/world for a “modeling gig” or “massage parlor job” when the suddenly realize that they had been misled all along, and they’re forced into selling sex and shooting sex on camera.

One thing is certain in too many cases—these men, women, boys and girls are tricked and exploited to satisfy a growing demand for hardcore pornography, fueled by the globalized porn industry. We’ve compiled a few select several personal accounts of real women who saw for themselves that porn isn’t quite the glamorous lifestyle that many believe it to be.

These are their real stories.

*READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED: We did our best to find quotes that weren’t too explicit while still preserving the authentic nature of the stories. Regardless, many may find the following accounts to be graphic, disturbing, and/or triggering.*

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Linda Boreman, aka “Linda Lovelace”

Linda began her booming career in the porn industry in 1972, much to consumers’ surprise, due to the coercion of her husband.

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She starred in one of the most popular pornographic films of the era, but it was later revealed that she was coerced into appearing in this production. Later in life, Linda became an advocate for the anti-porn movement, sharing her story around the world. In the following quote, she shares the first time she participated in a pornographic shoot:

“My initiation…was a gang rape by five men… It was the turning point in my life. He threatened to shoot me with the pistol if I didn’t go through with it. I had never experienced anal sex before and it ripped me apart. They treated me like an inflatable plastic doll, picking me up and moving me here and there.

They spread my legs this way and that, shoving their things at me and into me, they were playing musical chairs with parts of my body. I have never been so frightened and disgraced and humiliated in my life. I felt like garbage. I engaged in sex acts for pornography against my will to avoid being killed. The lives of my family were threatened.”

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Jodi’s story

For years, Jodi was held captive by Marcus, her former boyfriend. Jodi lived in an apartment with other women who also acted as slaves, and at  Marcus’ direction, she maintained a membership-only BDSM website that chronicled their exploits. When Jodi refused to recruit her younger sister as a slave, he inflicted severe physical punishment on her.

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Marcus then directed Jodi to move to New York and required her to create and maintain a new commercial BDSM website. Jodi worked on the site approximately eight to nine hours per day, updating site content, including diary entries and photographs, and clicking on banner advertisements to increase revenue. Marcus received all revenues from the website. Jodi said she did not want to continue working on the website, but was afraid of the consequences if she refused.

Marcus sexually punished Jodi when he decided her work on the website was inadequate, and these punishments were documented and published on the website. Some punishments were quite severe.

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On one occasion, Marcus tied Jodi up, forced her onto a table, and then put a safety pin through her genitalia, while she screamed and cried. Marcus posted photographs from this incident on the website and directed Jodi to write a diary entry about it for the website. When Jodi told Marcus she could not continue in this arrangement, he threatened to send pictures of Jodi to her family and the media. On the basis of these and similar occurrences, a jury found Marcus guilty of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

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Countless South Floridian Women

For years, a former Miami policeman spent “the majority of his waking hours stalking female models online.” Using a laundry list of aliases, he contacted hundreds of women and lured a number of them to fake modeling auditions in South Florida.

Once they arrived, he secretly drugged them and took them to another location where a “heavyset, tattooed man” would rape them on camera. This footage was then sold online and to pornography stores. Some victims didn’t find out about the videos until they were alerted by friends or complete strangers.

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“Some of the victims do not remember anything until the following day, when they awoke, half-naked and semiconscious, either in their own cars or in their hotel rooms, sometimes covered in vomit or urine,” prosecutors wrote in a court document.

These two men, Lavont Flanders, Jr. and Emerson Callum, were found guilty of sex trafficking and sentenced to life behind bars.

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Annie’s story

Traffickers commonly resort to malicious and cruel means to retain their human cargo. After all, they don’t want them to escape and go to the authorities. Many victims are forced to produce pornography as a type of blackmail bartering chip. If they try to escape, their traffickers will release the footage.

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In Annie’s case, however, she was forced into the porn industry for a different reason. Her captors tricked her into believing that nobody would believe that she was held against her will if she was seen to be producing pornographic material.

In a documentary called Rape for Profit, Annie shared her story:

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F. V.’s story

In 2007, a young woman was featured on the cover of a prominent pornographic magazine, with a full story and photo spread within. However, she was not a willing participant in these proceedings. In fact, she had spent several years as a sex trafficking victim.

Beginning before her 17th birthday, the victim (referred to as “F. V.”) endured 6 years of torture, sexual assault, genital mutilation, and being sold for sex at the hands of her traffickers. In total, six individuals were charged with varied degrees of involvement in those crimes. Her primary traffickers were Edward and Marilyn Bagley, a married couple.

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F.V. first met Edward Bagley in 2002 when she was 16 years old and dating his teenage son. She visited his trailer residence on numerous occasions. During visits to Bagley’s residence, she was shown images and videos of pornography, including images and videos of bondage and sadomasochistic activities.

According to a federal indictment into the Bagleys’ crimes, they invited FV, who was 16 years old at the time, into their trailer after she ran away from home in December 2002. They promised FV, who had grown up in foster care homes, a “great life,” and promised that they would help her to become a model and a dancer, the indictment says.

The Bagleys told F.V. that she would love being a “slave” for them. Edward Bagley began a sexual relationship with F.V. shortly thereafter.

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Over the course of the next six years, F.V. suffered the most brutal sadistic acts of torture possible, including genital mutilation, whipping and flogging, suffocation with plastic bags, strangulation, and being locked in a dog cage. Edward Bagley photographed and videotaped many of the acts he performed on her, and between February 2004 and February 2009, he tortured F.V. on live webcasts on the Internet. The Bagleys threatened F.V. if she did not do as instructed, many times showing her how they’d bury her alive if she did not comply.

To ensure that the victim would remain “obedient,” they tattooed a barcode on her skin, with the Chinese character “slave” for added measure.

The Bagley couple allegedly earned approximately $112,200 from F.V.’s work. According to the indictment, Edward Bagley punished F.V. with torture and physical and sexual abuse for failing to be a top earner at the adult entertainment clubs where he had her dance and strip.

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Why This Matters

According to the International Labour Organization, 4.5 million individuals are forced into the growing sex trafficking trade each year as part of a $32 billion industry that reaches every part of the world. It’s time we put a stop to that, and stopping the demand for pornography will only help to end sexual exploitation as a whole.

These are just five stories, but undoubtedly, there are thousands more.

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Here’s how it breaks down. The more the mainstream adult entertainment industry flourishes, the bigger the opposing globalized black market for porn will become, and the more difficult it will be for exploited porn performers to speak out and seek support within the industry. So the higher the demand for porn, even porn that was produced in professional studios (which, newsflash, also abuse their performers), the more sex traffickers will want to profit from that porn demand, and the more they’ll exploit vulnerable people to get there.

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Not only that, but the bigger the porn industry, the more challenging it will be for performers to step out and speak out without backlash when they’ve been exploited and abused in the name of sexual entertainment. As of now, there is no formal system of support or reporting for those who have been forced, frauded, and coerced into shooting even one porn scene, and blacklisting outspoken performers is currently informal industry standard.

Related: By The Numbers: Is The Porn Industry Connected To Sex Trafficking?

Not clicking isn’t always easy, since porn is everywhere and so many people struggle, but it’s an action that we can all take, and it’s an action that matters.

Every click received by these porn sites featuring trafficked victims is supporting the continued imprisonment and misery of these individuals. The porn industry and the sex industry are intricately connected, and supporting one supports the other.

Stop the demand, and fight for love.

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