The Slave and the Porn Star: Sexual Trafficking and Pornography (Research)

Posted on December 4, 2012, in Research, Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence

Publication Information

Title: Th e Slave and the Porn Star: Sexual Trafficking and Pornography
Publication: The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society
Author: Robert W. Peters, Laura J. Lederer, Shane Kelly
Date:

In the past decade, there has been an explosion of interest in human trafficking.  Eliminating human trafficking has become a foreign and domestic policy goal  for many countries, including the United States. Following the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, also in 2000, focus on the issue developed further. Human trafficking is now the topic of numerous articles, conferences, and studies, with many different aspects of trafficking being investigated. However, one aspect of human trafficking gets little attention—namely, the connection between pornography and trafficking (particularly sex trafficking).

This article argues that there are a number of links between pornography and sex trafficking and that curbing pornography can reduce sex trafficking. The first two sections describe the links between pornography and sex trafficking. The third section makes the case that legislators and prosecutors should give greater consideration to the relationship between pornography and sex trafficking as they determine budgetary and law enforcement priorities and as they make recommendations for how to address this link at the federal level.

 

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