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There has always been an underground economy and links to organized crime in the pornography industry. It is interesting to see the developments of this industry in the internet age. In a recent National Post article published October 24th, 2014, (http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/24/how-a-canadian-founded-company-youve-never-heard-of-took-control-of-the-porn-industry/) there appears to be link between the rise of pirated material and the number of porn performers working as escorts. Although this is not a new phenomenon, the numbers are increasing. This is linked to a shrinkage in movies being shot which of course is linked to less profitability as more and more consumers get to the materials illicitly.

Even though the above article takes an economic outlook, it is important to note the human impact. Not only are porn performers now selling sex off camera but consumers are becoming part of some phenomenon that further exploits others. Here we have a matter of people getting to their high for free. It does not matter that real people are actually in those movies and real lives are impacted by the industry on a regular basis. The lie that all the performers want to be there and are making good money is only one way that people justify their use of porn. The truth is that most of the women in porn are prostituting themselves on camera but also do so now off camera. It is becoming a debate of whether porno films are an extensions of what they already do or if porno’s are a means to promote their escort rates.

Food for thought: You are supporting a whole industry that preys upon vulnerable women and even men, for their own profits. What you get out of it for your selfish satisfaction comes at a price others are paying. These monopolists and pirates would have no power if not for the consumers seeking their material. Every click on their site is a vote in support of what they do and it ensures more victims of the industry. Maybe we can start voting differently? How will you vote with your mouse?

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