Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Human trafficking is the trade in people, especially women and children, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from one place to another.
IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN ADULT ENTERTAINMENT AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Although many may think that women working in adult entertainment do it because they want to, researchers have noted that 70% of females who are trafficked are trafficked into the commercial sex industry, which includes porn, strip clubs, and massage parlors. Survivors have reported that they were forced to have sex with clients. Unfortunately, traffickers use whatever weakness these women may have and use it to their advantage.
HOW DOES PORNOGRAPHY RELATE TO SEX TRAFFICKING?
Studies show that men who go to prostitutes are twice as likely to have watched a porn film in the last year compared to the general population. Women in the commercial sex industry are expected to perform acts that are physically and emotionally damaging. A study of 854 women from nine countries showed that 47% had been harmed by men who had either forced or tried to force them to do things that they had seen in porn. Traffickers benefit from porn films and men who desire to live out a fantasy at the expense of innocent women. In fact, sex traffickers use porn as a training method. Women who are forced into the sex trade are shown what they should expect and how they should behave with a man. The viciousness that lives within a sex trafficking venue is disheartening, but it is something that should be discussed. Only by coming to terms with the reality of sex trafficking will we understand the urgency to combat it.
HOW DO STRIP CLUBS RELATE TO SEX TRAFFICKING?
Men who frequent strip clubs are free to view women as sexual objects. It is acceptable within this environment to throw money at them and expect them to entertain. For some who pay for this sort of entertainment, it is reasonable for them to expect these women to sell sex. Traffickers take note of these expectations and facilitate whatever need a buyer may have. After all, they are only looking to make money.
WHEN CAN WE CALL IT SEX TRAFFICKING?
It’s considered sex trafficking when a hostess, stripper, or porn actor is subjected to the following.
Force: The use of physical or sexual abuse to make them engage in commercial sex. Limited or no contact with friends or family.
Fraud: Misrepresentation of the working conditions, wages, and immigration benefits of the job.
Coercion: Threats to harm them, friends, or family. Undocumented immigrants may be threatened with deportation.
Due to the nature of the human exploitation industry, many of the women, children and men forced into the industry are forcefully made addicted to illegal drugs in order to make them dependent of the person(s) selling their services. This in turn fuels the drug industry which in turn fuels general crime and violent crime. It is a viscious circle- the one evil feeds the other leaving a huge pool of victims in its path of destruction.