People are used for entertainment and money.
Pornography is a massive industry driven by money and makes a large profit each year. The actors and actresses see little of this money.
People are not treated with dignity and respect.
Those who make money from the pornography industry make it by using others and often treat them badly. Sadly, because of high rates of drug and alcohol addiction, sexually transmitted infections and suicide, the average life expectancy of a porn performer is short.
Links to trafficking and prostitution.
People are trafficked to produce pornography. Human trafficking is using threat, force, coercion, deception or abuse of power to exploit another person. The pornography industry (like trafficking and prostitution) often takes advantage of those who are vulnerable due to poverty, drug and alcohol addiction or previous abuse . People who use pornography fuel the demand that results in many vulnerable men, women and children performing in pornographic films.
In contrast, Jesus teaches that we should love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:39 ). Treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves (Luke 7:12 ) is essential for people to feel valued, free and safe.
- Beaty, K. & Clarke, N. (2011, November) The Thin Line between Trafficking and Pornography. www.christianitytoday.com
- Matthew 22:39 ‘And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
- Luke 7:12 ‘As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.’