Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and False Hopes of Being a Porn Star

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Most of the girls I worked with were in foster care or grew up in very broken or abusive households. Many were homeless. Their stories were all very similar.

There is no shortage of female actresses in the porn industry. I was a social worker for the state of Washington and during that time I worked closely with young women who were being sexually trafficked and prostituted. I learned a lot just from talking to them.

An adult male sets out to find vulnerable, young females. This male will start to groom them as early as age 12. They promise to take care of them, take them shopping, buy them expensive things, give them love and shelter in exchange for performing small sexual acts when asked to do so. We know these males as “pimps.” Nobody is looking for these girls as they don’t typically have family that care about them or they are homeless or have ran away from foster care. The grooming process is the job of the pimp in order to control their girls’ every move.

As the girls get older, they start asking more questions and much of the time it’s a promise of being a famous porn star when they turn 18. The pimps like to tell their girls that this is practice and they often promise them real acting roles in the near future.

When 18 comes around, their hopes are rarely achieved and the girls become harder to control. Some pimps let them go while others resort to physical and sexual violence to keep them in check. And just to be clear, while the majority of the children are girls, there are boys that are groomed and trafficked as well. It just may look a little different.

You see, the kids that want to get into to porn, generally speaking, and of course this does not speak for all porn actresses, but again generally and anecdotally, the kids who dream of being a porn star come from very dark and twisted pasts. They see money and fame because they feel worthless and have not been given the skills they need to obtain any other career, These kids rarely become famous because like much of the entertainment industry the big famous roles go to those who are confident, know people, and come from large social circles, not those who lack confidence and have pimps doing their work for them.

And I think that’s the saddest part - these kids end up with nothing in the end.

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Greetings @liverehab. Thank you for spreading this awareness. Every Member of the Earth Nation Guild has upvoted this posting in recognition of the truth and importance of this article.

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Hi @earthnation appreciate the kind words. You are free to share this work but it needs to include attribution since it comes from our upcoming book on this subject. I am also fine splitting the SBD between us that you earn.

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They see money and fame because they feel worthless

lets bring up some perspective here: people who rely on politicians for security and give their consent away (for the sake of safety) have the same issues: lack of self-esteem. The entire planet shares the same problem. You blog mirror just this.

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@earthcustodians I think something is missing in translation. Can you try rewording what you are trying to say? I'd love to engage in conversation with you on this but it seems like something isn't coming through quite right...

It is so sad to know that some really bad people take advantage of this young kids.. Having 3 daughters scares me ..hoping and praying that child prostitution will cme to end soon🙏🙏

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. There were so many stories I wish I could tell. The best thing that you can do is have the tough conversations with them and remind them of what kinds of situations they might encounter.

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I am so blessed that I was able to send them to a Catholic School, so far their foundation on morality is stable, for now.....

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I'm so blesssed that I was able to send my children to a Catholic school, somehow their foundation on morality issue is very stable, for now.. .....

Thank you, @liverhab, for this important post - puncturing the false glamour associated with the sex industry.

Just today, in fact, I posted a piece titled "Is Porn Good For You?" where I address the misleading claims made by a sex worker, here on Steemit, that all men are naturally predators and how it's fine (even flattering) to view women as sex objects.

In light of recent sexual harassment scandals, it's time we address the pornification of popular culture & expose the sad, destructive reality of the sex industry.

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@yahialababidi - completely agree with what you said there. We're developing a porn addiction course right now and have posted extensively recently on the brain impacts of porn. Appreciate you dropping by and commenting.

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Ah, it means a lot to hear you say that. Our addiction as a culture is deep/widespread and we are in a state of denial about it. By association, I think of French poet, Baudelaire’s line about how the devil’s greatest trick is to convince us that he does not exist!

I wish you much success with your important work, and hope you might share my piece, if you think it might be of any use.

This so sad reading this.. it seems that human trafficking is becoming a norm in my country...

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it's really shameful.we must fight against this dangerous phenomenon.

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