In a recent viral video produced by a YouTube channel Real Women Real Stories, former porn star Rachel Marie Oberlin (also known as Bree Olson) breaks down what her life is like now that she has left the porn industry. Her main message for young girls?

Doing porn isn’t worth it.

Oberlin, who estimates she was making up to $60,000 a month doing porn before leaving the industry, says transitioning back into society hasn’t been easy. Friends and job opportunities have disappeared, as her former life and career choice have prevented her from being accepted by society. She says people who recognize her in public call her names and say demeaning things to her.

“When I go out, I feel as if I’m wearing ‘slut’ across my forehead,” she said in the interview, which now has over 2 million views. The video gained traction by going viral on social media and is now the subject of much criticism.

“It’s almost as if career choices have consequences,” one top YouTube commenter posted in response to Oberlin’s claim that she is being treated unfairly.

“I have really gotten to the point where there are days to weeks at time where I don’t leave the house because I don’t feel like facing the world,” she said.

In an email interview with CNN, Oberlin said she left the porn industry in 2011, after which she tried to launch several business that failed. She then moved from Los Angeles to Indiana, where she now works reluctantly as a webcam model, performing sex acts on live video streams for online viewers who pay to tune in.

Oberlin told CNN she agreed to do the video interview—recorded last year at her home in Los Angeles—to offer a real perspective on the porn industry and its effects on female porn stars. When Oberlin is asked in the video how she would like to be seen and treated by society, she breaks down.

“I wish people would treat me like they would treat a married registered nurse with 2.5 kids in Indiana. That’s how I wish people would treat me,” she said, wiping away tears. “I would be so happy,” she continues. “I never even thought of that before. But it will never happen. That’s probably why I don’t think about it.”

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Oberlin said the results of her work in porn has killed her dreams of having children.

“I’ll never put a child through this,” she said. “Even with the best private education and great parenting, the parents will talk and the children will hear and my child would be ostracized.”

She also spoke of her goals for having a legitimate career have been derailed due to her past career choice.

“I’d love to go back to college and work for some amazing company, be it health care, children, some other type of firm, and I’d work my way right to the top — but I am hit with harsh realities constantly,” she told CNN.

“People say, change your hair color, move to another state. Ha! People know me by voice alone. I can’t run. I can’t hide. I have to face this. Anonymity is something I’ll never know. Even with all the surgeries, relocating, years of school, all it takes is one person to blow everything,” she said. “The only way to have power at this point is to own it. Yeah, I did porn, and thanks to this society that’s all I can say I’ve done.”

She finishes the video by warning young girls not to get involved in the porn industry.

“I send a very strong message to young girls: Don’t do porn,” she said. “You’re just going to have a life of crap in front of you in dealing with people, companies,” she said. She describes how companies can not hire you based on past experience or morality clauses. “These are things that teenage girls don’t think (about),” she said.

She ends by saying:

“There’s nothing wrong with porn, but how people treat you for the rest of your life, it’s not worth it.”

Why This Matters

Contrary to what Rachel Marie Oberlin says, there is a lot that’s wrong with porn, and her current hardships are real life examples of that. While porn stars are still human beings that deserve to be treated fairly, it’s no secret that there are consequences to producing and starring in porn. People can argue that society is to blame for the hardships that former porn stars like Rachel Marie Oberlin face, but the reality is that these negative effects are created by the porn industry.

Science and research are showing that porn harms the brain, damages relationships, and contributes negatively to society as a whole. And, as we see in Oberlin’s case, the porn industry can often destroy the lives of its performers and stunt their career potential. Whether it be the horrific stories of ex-porn stars telling what happened to them or the industry’s sketchy sexually transmitted disease testing methods, the world of “adult entertainment” is a dark place. Regardless of these facts, porn is a reported $97 billion a year industry which seeks to hook customers early in hopes of gaining a lifelong client without care for what happens to performers after the camera stops rolling. Porn is anything but harmless, and it has victims on both sides of the screen.

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