The Danger of Pornography and Human Trafficking
What‘s wrong with pornography?
I don‘t understand what all the fuss is about …
It‘s just sex … and that is natural, right …!!?
Pornography is the depiction of erotic behavior in pictures or writing. It is intended to cause sexual excitement.
We‘re not going to tell you what‘s wrong with pornography. We‘ll just share a few facts with you and let you decide.
We have not only the consumer to consider in our quest for facts about modern pornography. Let‘s talk about the actress performing in front of the camera.
Isn‘t it just a regular job like any other?
The average life expectancy of a woman is 70 years in India – 70 years to live her life. Do you know how many years the average female porn actress has?
Our lust for pornographic images leaves her with just 38 years of her life.
Is that natural? You decide. But before you do, ask yourself:
Does this “job” leave her with enough years to marry, have children, a family?
The most common causes of the early deaths of these beautiful women are suicide. Violence. Drug abuse. And sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Does that sound natural?
Shelley Lubben was a US porn star for many years. She has left the industry and founded „The Pink Cross“ to help men and women trapped in front of the camera.
We say „trapped“ because she says there are hardly any women in the business who work their second movie voluntarily. Most of them would love to stop after their first traumatic experience as a porn actress. But they are coerced into acting, are tricked, abducted, threatened, beaten, drugged and violated in order to make them compliant. This is mirrored in the finished pornographic videos in which 9 out of 10 scenes depict violent degradation of women.
Most actresses are forced into this abusive trade while they are still minors. In India alone, the pornography industry devours 100,000 (1 lakh) of our school and college girls every year. They just disappear, are ripped from their families and friends only to reappear on our screens in sickening versions of child pornography. This is where Life for all steps in – raising awareness, pointing out the dangers and working with organizations who actively combat human trafficking.
„Porn stars are abused every day and it‘s time to do something about it. I cannot speak for the men, but we women are drowning in invisible pain.“, says Shelley Lubben.
And she is not even speaking of rape porn.
Rape Porn is the most popular form of pornography. And most of its consumers are between 12 and 19 years old.
Surveys reveal that a college student in India watches an average of 19 rapes per week on porn sites. As a consumer you may think you are watching talented acting. What you do not know is that you are witnessing real rapes. These women are raped and gang-raped repeatedly while a crew films the whole horrific act and then sells it to you, the consumer.
Porn advertises rape.
What about you, the consumer?
Would you be surprised if we told you that watching porn regularly will change the way your brain functions?
It works just like any other drug – cocaine or heroin.
BRAIN DAMAGE … are you serious???
Does that sound a bit drastic? Let us explain the scientific facts:
A brain – especially a young one in the vulnerable stages of orientation – is a very fragile organ. Pornographic images absorbed into your body through the eyes have the same effect as a drug injected into the vein, sniffed from a bottle or taken as a pill – porn just has a more direct impact on the brain. While watching it, the brain will release hormones like dopamine which help you feel pleasure.
At first, the crudeness of what you are seeing will leave you feeling shocked and unwell because the amount of hormones released is too much for your brain to handle. But, similar to conventional drugs, you will probably come back. Why?
Because your brain is changed. New connections are formed in your brain‘s so-called reward pathway, telling you that you need porn to feel pleasure.
At the same time, brain tissue dies. Yes, you read that correctly: MRI scans have shown that porn consumption causes your frontal lobes to shrink. This is the area responsible for rational decision-making, logic and relationships. Connections between this part of the brain and its reward system are also severed, making porn consumers withdraw from friends and family as these are literally „not rewarding“ relationships.
The constant overload of hormones coursing through your body will damage your brain and in the effort to shield itself, it will shut down hormone receptors. Imagine the catcher in a game of cricket. He is always alert and his gloves are ready to catch whatever is bowled his way. Now imagine the bowler hitting him with a world record 165k-fast bowl every second – Wham! Wham! Wham! – because that is what porn does to the receptors in your brain. They are like tiny little catcher‘s gloves. So, in self-defence, the brain starts closing them and lets the hormones fly past. But like with any other drug, your body wants more, needs the high, so you go looking for more hardcore versions of porn and more often.
You are addicted. Combining sex with aggression has an exhilarating effect on the addicted brain which is why, sadly, rape porn is the most popular form of pornography.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover of Princeton University in the USA once described pornography to a US Senate Committee: “It is as though we have devised a form of heroin 100 times more powerful than before, usable in the privacy of one’s own home and injected directly to the brain through the eyes.”