I once heard someone say that the Internet is made up of porn and cat videos; I kind of agree. While I do love me some cat videos (especially the one where the cat is dressed up as a shark riding a roomba), this blog isn’t about silly felines. This blog is dedicated to ending human trafficking.
So, let’s talk about porn.
Pornhub, the leading conduit for legal porn on the Internet has recently released their analytics (Access their 2014 report here). It’s an amazing use of big-data to track the consumption of pornography, and the interest of consumers. So why are we talking about porn in an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking? Simple. By understanding the consumption of commercial sex (including porn) one also gains a greater understanding of the consumers who may engage in domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST).
So what is the takeaway from Pornhubs 2014 analytics?
“Teen” is the most searched term on the largest porn website in the world.
That’s kind of messed up, isn’t it?
According to Pornhubs report, with all of the porn that’s out there, people are most interested in seeing young girls engage in sex. That is a reflection of consumers demand and lends some credence to the work against sex trafficking. I’m not saying that everyone who watches teen porn will engage in purchasing time with a teen girl, but some will. After all, sex trafficking is demand-driven. If there is no demand, there is no supply.
If you’re interested, you should really read their 2014 report (access it here). It’s truly amazing what their analysis of consumers indicate. I wouldn’t do it at work, it’s completely censored, you won’t find any porn on the report, but it still registers as a pornhub url.
So what are your thoughts of their analytics?
Do you believe that porn consumption influences sex trafficking at all?