This comment was by Hugh, in response to That Guy, on the post The Porn Talk.
I guess some Human Trafficking 101 is needed here. For an act to be considered Human Trafficking then is must contain some element of force, fraud, or, coercion. The only exceptions to this are in cases where the victim is below the age of consent and organ trafficking. So unless our author beat, threatened, or did a bait and switch to get his wife to do porn then I think he is free of any wrong doing.
This brings us to types of trafficking. The two major types are sex and labor trafficking. The break up is roughly 80% sex and 20% labor. While the state department speculates that roughly 16,000 people are smuggled in a year from other countries, smuggling is not necessary for it to be trafficking. It is much more common and less expensive for a trafficker to use people from their own area. The average age of someone being introduced into prostitution is 12-14. This is considered trafficking and on average the individual has a life expectancy of 7 years from that point if they do not leave the industry.
So back to trafficking and the porn industry. You are right about there being no clear numbers between the two. But we can all agree that there have been a few famous underage porn stars, Traci Lords being the most notable. If we have had these individuals that have made it to the top in the industry how many more do you think are in the amateur leagues in the US or in less regulated industries of other countries. When I was a young teen I wanted to see girls who at least resembled girls my own age. And you know without much looking I found them my age and younger. They were all posed solo pics in on a easy to find site with no money or password required. Then I thought it was one of the coolest things ever. Almost 20 years and and much experience later, including working at a rape crisis center, it kind of haunts me.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing of the top three criminal industries. If you do not think that human trafficking and porn mix then you are closing your eyes to it. I am not against all porn. I even think prostitution should be legalized, mostly so it can be regulated, but legalized none the less. I just think if we are, as a nation, beginning to look at our coffee, chocolate, and diamonds and ask what it cost for those things to come to us, then why can’t we do the same with our porn? If you want more information not from a .org look at the state department or UN numbers.