Writing for God, Fighting Human Trafficking

Linda Rodante

Porn–A Victimless Crime?

“The United Nations defines human trafficking in Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons as:

the recruitment … by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion,… of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services…” 

cropped-ht-victim1.jpgPornography is used by traffickers to desensitize girls and boys when they are kidnapped and forced to  become sex slaves. Also, “clients” of these children force them to perform pornographic acts they’ve seen on internet sites.

No one can say porn is a victimless crime. Many of the victims are the “actors.” Many other victims are created by the desire those watching the porn have to act out. They light up the internet or phone lines “ordering” women, girls and boys with which to have sex. And they–the johns and the clients–are victims, too, not realizing they’ve been drawn into a criminal venture many would never have thought they’d fall into without porn and it’s easy access.

In the recent newletter from STOPTRAFFICKINGDEMAND.COM, an affiliate of Morality in Media, it’s stated that “our culture–fueled by pornography–seems to become more and more of a cesspool every year.”

To understand why they believe this, we have only to look at the popular TV show “Game of Thrones.” It started the season with a brother-in-law’s murder and a sister’s rape (incest) in the same room with the murdered husband. This is popular? By whose standards?

Victimless crime? No, we all are its victims.

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