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  • There are more women employed by the sex industry than any other time in history[i].
  • There are more strip clubs in the United States than any other nation in the world[ii].
  • Hollywood releases 11,000 adult movies per year – more than 20 times the mainstream movie production[iii].
  • At 13.3 billion, the 2006 revenues of the sex and porn industry in the U.S. are bigger than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball combined[iv].
  • Worldwide sex industry sales for 2006 are reported to be $97 billion. To put this in perspective, Microsoft, who sells the operating system used on most of the computers in the world (in addition to other software) reported sales of 44.8 billion in 2006 [iv].
  • Every second – $3,075.64 is being spent on pornography [iv].
  • “The porn industry employs an excess of 12,000 people in California. In California alone the porn industry pays over $36 million in taxes every year[v].”
  • Human trafficking is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approximately 31.6 billion USD each year. Specifically, trafficking for sexual exploitation generates 27.8 billion USD per year[vi].
  • There 1.39 million victims of commercial sexual servitude worldwide [vi].
  • Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in the last week-53%
  • 33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53% had visited such sites “a few times” in the past year, and 18% visit sexually explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week[vii].
  • Out of 81 pastors surveyed (74 males 7 female), 98% had been exposed to porn; 43% intentionally accessed a sexually explicit website[viii].
  • In March of 2002 Rick Warren’s (author of the Purpose Driven life) Pastors.com website conducted a survey on porn use of 1351 pastors: 54% of the pastors had viewed Internet pornography within the last year, and 30% of these had visited within the last 30 days.

WOMEN

Research related to women working in various aspect of the sex industry is telling. Such research indicates that women working in the sex industry are faced with higher rates of:

  • drug addictions[ix],
  • sexually transmitted diseases[x],
  • violent assaults[xi], and
  • mental health problems[xii] such as Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder than the general population.
PTSD

Women in the sex industry experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates equivalent to veterans of combat war [xv].

DIAGNOSIS OF PTSD PER COUNTRY OF PROSTITUTED RESPONDENTS:
**Diagnosis of PTSD for combat war veterans: 69%

0%
Canada
0%
Columbia
0%
Germany
0%
Mexico
0%
South Africa
0%
Thailand
0%
Turkey
0%
USA
0%
Zambia

Between 66% and 90% of women in the sex industry were sexually abused as children [xiii].

70% of interviewees in a study by Silbert and Pines noted that childhood sexual abuse had an influence on their entry into prostitution [xiv]

Mental Health of Women In Porn

A cross-sectional study based on the California Women’s Health Survey did a comparison of the mental health of female adult performers and other young women in California.
Here is what their Research revealed.

Women in Porn   |   Women not in Porn

Met Criteria for Depression
33%
13%
Lived in Poverty
24%
12%
Lived in Poverty in Past 12 Months
50%
36%
Experienced Forced Sex as Adults
27%
9%
Child Victims of Forced Sex
37%
13%
Placed in Foster Care
21%
4%
Experienced Domestic Violence in Past 12 Months
34%
6%

The Demand

1%
of men ages 18-28 regularly view porn sites.
1 Million
U.S. adults regularly visit pornography websites.
1 of 3
visitors to all adult websites are women.
1
women access adult websites every month.

[iv.]

89% of women in the sex industry said they wanted to escape, but had no other means for survival[xv].

73% of women in prostitution have been raped more than five times. vi

70% of females who are trafficked are trafficked into the commercial sex industry [xvi] (This includes Porn, Strip Clubs, and massage parlors in the US.)

Women in the sex industry face a myriad of issues that impact their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Many feel desperately isolated and alone. Because their hurts and needs are multi-faceted, the approach to assisting them in the recovery process needs to be holistic as well.

VIOLENCE AND AGGRESSION AGAINST WOMEN IN PORN

A content analysis of the 50 best-selling adult videos revealed that across all scenes:

  • 3,376 verbal and/or physically aggressive acts were observed.
  • On average, scenes had 11.52 acts of either verbal of physical aggression, ranging from none to 128.
  • 48 percent of the 304 scenes analyzed contained verbal aggression, while more than 88 percent showed physical aggression.
  • 72 percent of aggressive acts were perpetrated by men.
  • 94 percent of aggressive acts were committed against women. [xvii]

FAMILIES

  • 47% of families say pornography is a “problem” in their home[xviii].
  • Excessive interest in online porn contributed to more than ½ of all divorce cases in 2002 according to attorneys who attended conference for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 41 percent of surveyed adults admitted they felt less attractive due to their partner’s pornography use[xix].
  • 77% of online visitors to adult content sites are male. Their average age is 41 and they have an annual income of $60,000. 46% are married[xx].

CHILDREN

  • 116,000 searches for child porn every day
  • Average Age Child 1st sees porn: 11 years old [xxi]

$75 billion

Global Strip Club Annual Revenue

$3.1 billion

U.S. Strip Club Annual Revenue

$1 billion

California Strip Club Annual Revenue

4,000

Number of Strip Clubs in the U.S.

400,000

Estimated number of strippers employed by U.S. strip clubs

9.3

City with the most strip clubs per 100,000 residents (Springfield, Oregon)

$125,000

Average yearly earnings for a stripper
The state of California brings in 1/3 of the annual strip club revenue for the entire United States!

[i] Stripped – Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers, Barton

[ii] Stripped – Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers, Barton

[iii] LA Times Magazine, 2002

[iv] Internet Filter Review http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics.html

[v] Bill Lyon, a former lobbyist for the defense industry turned lobbyist for porn, as quoted by CBS News November 2003.

[vi] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009, Trafficking in Persons: Global Patterns, Available: http://www.unodc.org/documents/human-trafficking/Global_Report_on_TIP.pdf

[vii] Christianity Today survey in 2000

[viii] National Coalition survey of pastors, Seattle, April 2000.

[ix] Hutchinson, S. J., Gore, S. M., Taylor, A., Goldberg, D. J., Frischer, M. (2000). Extent and contributing factors of drug expenditure of injectors in Glasgow: Multi-site city-wide cross-sectional study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 176(2), 166-172.

Norton-Hawk, M. (2001). The counterproductivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes. Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 403-417.

Potterat, J. J., Rothenberg, R. B., Muth, S., Q., Darrow, W.W., Phillips-Plummer, L. (1998). Pathways to prostitution: The chronology of sexual and drug abuse milestones. Journal of Sex Research, 35(4), 333-340.

Weisberg, K. D. (1985). Children of the night: A study of adolescent prostitution. Lexington, MA & Toronto: D.C. Heath and Company.

Young, A. M., Boyd, C., Hubbell, A. (2000). Prostitution, drug use, and coping with psychological distress. Journal of Drug Issues, 30(4), 789-800.

[x] Gupta, G. R., Weiss, E. & Wheland, D. (1996). Women and AIDs: Building a new HIV prevention strategy. New York: Oxford.

Maia, Wojcicki, J., & Malala, J. (2001). Condom use, power, and HIV/AIDS risk: Sex-workers bargain for survival in Hillbrow/Joubert Park?Berea, Johannesburg. Social Science & Medicine, 53(1).

Mann, J. & Tarantola, D. (1996). AIDs in the world II global dimensions, socila roots, & responses. New York: Oxford University Press.

Yates, G. L., MacKenzie, R. G; Pennbridge, J., & Swofford, A. (1991). A risk profile comparison of homeless youth involved in prostitution and homeless youth not involved. Journal of Adolescent Health, 12(7), 545-548.

[xi] Bracey, D. H. (1982). The juvenile prostitute: Victim and offender Victimology, 8(3-4), 151-160.

Brener, L. & Pauw, I. (1998). Sex work on the streets of Capetown. Indicator, 13, 25-28.

Hobson, B. M. (1997). Uneasy virtue: The politics of prostitution and the American reform tradition. New York: Basic.

Maia, Wojcicki, J., & Malala, J. (2001). Condom use, power, and HIV/AIDS risk: Sex-workers bargain for survival in Hillbrow/Joubert Park?Berea, Johannesburg. Social Science & Medicine, 53(1).

Norton-Hawk, M. (2001). The counterproductivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes. Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 403-417.

Weisberg, K. D. (1985). Children of the night: A study of adolescent prostitution. Lexington, MA & Toronto: D.C. Heath and Company.

[xii] Alegria, M., Vera, M., Freeman, D., Robles, R., Santos, M., & Rivera, C., (1994). HIV infection, risk behaviors, and depressive symptoms among Puerto Rican sex workers. American Journal of Public Health, 84(12), 2000-2002.

Chudakov, B., Ilian, K., & Belmaker, R. H. (2002). The motivation & mental health of sex workers. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 28, 305-315.

Flowers, B. R. (1994). The prostitution of women and girls. North Carolina and London: McFarland.

Yates, G. L., MacKenzie, R. G; Pennbridge, J., & Swofford, A. (1991). A risk profile comparison of homeless youth involved in prostitution and homeless youth not involved. Journal of Adolescent Health, 12(7), 545-548.

[xiii] Bracey, D. H. (1982). The juvenile prostitute: Victim and offender Victimology, 8(3-4), 151-160.

Harlan, S., Rogers, L. L. & Slattery, B. (1981). Male and female adolescent prostitution: Huckleberry house sexual minority youth services project. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Norton-Hawk, M. (2001). The counterproductivity of incarcerating female street prostitutes. Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22, 403-417.

Silbert, M. H. (1980). Sexual assault of prostitutes: Phase one. Washington D.C.: National Center for the Prevention and Control of Rape, National Institute of Mental Health.

Weisberg, K. D. (1985). Children of the night: A study of adolescent prostitution. Lexington, MA & Toronto: D.C. Heath and Company.

[xiv] Silbert, M.H., & Pines, A.M. (1981). Sexual child abuse as an antecedent to prostitution. Child Abuse and Neglect 5:407-411.

Silbert, M.H., & Pines, A.M. (1983). Early sexual exploitation as an influence in prostitution. Social Work 28:285-289.

[xv] Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” www.prostitutionresearch.com

vi Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” www.prostitutionresearch.com

[xvi] U.S. Department of Justice, Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: 2004

[xvii] (Bridges, A., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (in press). Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography: A content analysis update. Violence Against Women.)

[xviii] Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003

[xix] Marriage Related Research, Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. Christian Counseling Today, 2004 Vol. 12 No. 1.

[xx] Forrester Research Report, 2001

[xxi] According to “Social Costs of Porn” http://internetsafety101.org