Talita has over 20 years experience working with women exploited in prostitution and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Throughout these years, we witnessed the clear and undeniable link between pornography and prostitution, which is why we chose to expand our mission and operations to include women exploited pornography. Mainstream pornography is nothing but filmed prostitution.
In 2017, the Stockholm Police’s Prostitution Unit asked us to meet with a young girl from Latvia who we call Katja. At 20 years old, Katja sold her body to be able to care for her gravely ill parents. She told us how everything began with pornography. She described the horror of it, the violence she was exposed to, and how she suffered from the thought of men watching those films for sexual pleasure. How her abuse could never be removed. Prostitution became the next logical step; she hated every minute of it; but to Katja, at least it wasn’t as painful as pornography.
We know that the women used in the production of pornography have the same background as those used in prostitution and human trafficking. They often have a history of sexual abuse and/or have been drawn into commercial sexual exploitation because of poverty and psychosocial problems. It is no coincidence that they are lured into the industry; pornographers (i.e. pimps and traffickers) are well aware that these vulnerable girls and women are easy to manipulate and exploit. The porn industry is currently a global, legal pimp-operation, tragically exploiting young, vulnerable women in the most brutal ways. Today, when most online pornography is free, the revenue comes from ads on the pages, some of which are ads for escort sites where women can be ordered like a pizza directly to a person's door. Prostitution feeds on pornography and pornography on prostitution. Pornography is nothing more than documented prostitution.
Download and read Talita's report on the Swedish pornography industry below:
Report in english
Rapport på svenska (Swedish)
To prevent and combat the harmful effects of pornography, Talita launched Reality Check, an initiative equipping educators and professionals with the knowledge and the tools necessary to educate children about the harms of pornography. See www.reality-check.nu.
Our material, 10 myths about porn, is available in both written and digital format.
Download and read: 10 myths about porn
Ladda ner materialet här: 10 myter om porr (Swedish)