Fighting the New Drug: How Sex Trafficking Contributes to a Life of Drug Addiction
Growing up, schools would always educate us students on the effects drugs can have on our physical, emotional, and mental health. We were educated on the drugs that were commonly abused: marijuana, alcohol, LSD, cocaine, and several other drugs. While it’s obviously important to educate students of these harmful effects, the past few years have given rise to a new drug: pornography.
What a majority of people aren’t aware of is that pornography stimulates the demand for sex trafficking. The pornography industry makes approximately $3 billion dollars a year. Since pimps will look for ways to continue making profit, they will often kidnap and enslave people off the street and force them into prostitution.
Latest scientific research has shown that pornography has the ability to alter parts of the brain. When a person constantly views pornography, they release a flood of chemicals. Some of these include dopamine and oxytocin. Dopamine is a chemical that is released in situations where a person is feeling satisfaction, and oxytocin is released when a person feels intimately bonded with another person. Pornography is comparable to drugs in that they both release an abundant amount of dopamine. The brain is then inundated with chemicals, and it begins to fight off the chemicals by removing the dopamine receptors. When there are less receptors, the user becomes numb to the dopamine, regardless of how much is being released. This causes the user to be unsatisfied with the amount of pornography they have been watching. He or she will start to consistently view porn more in order to feel the satisfaction again. Once the viewer starts to be consistent, their brain adjusts to the high levels of dopamine flooding and they don’t find as much satisfaction or contentment in their normal daily activities as they did before. Once the user is addicted, the frontal lobe will be damaged. This is a crucial part of the brain that is in charge of decision making and problem solving.
Long story short, pornography and sex trafficking are closely intertwined and do not benefit either ends of the spectrum. Innocent and vulnerable people are taken hostage and forced into sex slavery while the users that profit from viewing the sexual exploitation are addicted to viewing it. What can our society do to rescue innocent people from the bondages of the sex trafficking industry? Well, one part we can do is educate our culture on the harms of pornography and the effects it has on innocent and precious lives. We should continue to raise awareness and bring light to a situation that is often times taboo to discuss in our culture.
By: Vintsy Medel, Guest Writer