One of the greatest lies men tell themselves when viewing pornography is that it isn’t hurting anyone else. The truth is that the pornography industry regularly exploits the women and children used in its making. Over 620,000 child porn traders have been discovered online in the U.S. More than 30 percent of the searches conducted in one adult pornography network were related to child sexual abuse. In their analysis of over 80 million child pornography images since 2002, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 1 in 6 of runaways reported in 2016 were likely sex-trafficking victims.

This means these children were likely involved in either the adult entertainment industry (pornography) or sex trafficking. These telling statistics also reveal many “porn stars” are involved against their own will. A common practice is to “groom” women through online ads luring them to serve in an escort service. A trafficker or “madam” (female leader of trafficking victims) then continues to push the victim toward a one-time and then ongoing role in prostitution, pornography filming or a combination of these practices. READ MORE