Porn and Trafficking: Results from Missing Sex Watch Survey

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Porn and Trafficking: Results from Missing Sex Watch Survey

What’s the deal with pornography?

3 things to start (from our good friends at Fight The New Drug):

  • The Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children both recognize that pornography is an element that adds to the serious problem of sex trafficking.

  • Among the effects of the use of pornography are an increased negative attitude toward women, decreased empathy for victims of sexual violence… and an increase in dominating and sexually imposing behavior.

  • A meta-analysis of 33 studies found that exposure to either nonviolent or violent porn increased behavioral aggression, including both violent fantasies and actual violent assaults.

Recently, we conducted a Sex Watch Survey to understand how porn consumption affects social norms. This initiative was part of a bigger investigation on the impact of porn on overall mental health. and how it affected people’s outlook on sexual violence, trafficking and relationships.

The survey was completely anonymous. It took two minutes to complete. And the results were phenomenal. It actually helped us tap the social triggers surrounding pornography and how the young generation consumes it. We have a sample size of 1000 people aged between 18-45 across Indian metros.

What did the survey say?

  • 87.6% of Indians did watch porn at least once, if not more and amongst them, 40% consumes it weekly.

  • With 77.77%, the Internet is the most used platform for accessing porn stuffs, followed by smartphones (64%).

  •  Though the biggest factor that urged you to watch porn is curiosity (64.7%), a relatively large section of people got exposed to porn due to peer pressure (24.7%).

  • 71% of Indians admit their partners know that they consume porn; nevertheless 68% accepted, they won’t like to watch it with their partners at the same time.

  • 60% of Indians watch porn once in a while, while very few (17%) watch daily.

  • The craziest truth: Half of the population is still unaware of the laws against pornography; 58% even watch porn because it’s socially acceptable.

In addition, Leena Kejriwal, founder of Missing revealed, “The Missing Sex Watch Survey found that 57%, which makes it more than half of the population, is not aware or is very unsure of the role of pornography in trafficking. Furthermore, it also revealed that 90% of the population got exposed to pornographic material between the highly vulnerable age group of 9 years to 18 years.

When you combine it with the fact that 40% of the 16 million women trafficked for sex in India are adolescent and buying of minors for prostitution is just on the rise (Dasra report), you cannot have a stronger argument for bringing this issue out into the open in a non-preachy, interactive and visual way so that the general public takes notice of this burning issue that has groped our society. This has led us to develop the MISSING game and the vernacular versions will help us reach out to the wider and critical semi-rural and rural audience.”

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