by: Cassandra Laymon, MBA, CFPâ
“Would you support a business if you knew that they abused some (but not all) of their female employees? Pornographers don’t want you to think about it, but even if some of the humiliation, degradation, and sexual violence you see in porn is consensual, some is not.” 1
This attention grabbing headline comes from an article entitled, “The Porn Industry’s Dark Secrets” from an organization called Fight the New Drug (FTND). The article does an excellent job of explaining why pornography is not “freedom of expression” and it shares examples from victims of industry who were not willing participants.
There are a number of connections between pornography and sex trafficking, but this is one of the clearest:
“There are “supply-and-demand” connections: the simple fact that pornography—especially when viewing habits and fantasies involve violence or other fetishes—increases the demand for sex trafficking, as more and more viewers want to act out what they see.” 2
Could you be unknowingly supporting and profiting from the pornography industry? If you look at your investment statements, you probably won’t see any companies that cause alarm. That’s because many of the companies that produce pornography are privately held. You probably will see hotels and communication companies like phone carriers and cable and internet providers.
While you don’t think of pornography as a primary line of business for these companies, it’s very profitable for them – and for you, if you are investing in them.
Remember that when you invest in these companies, you are praying with your dollars. In this case it means you are praying that these companies will produce and distribute more pornography, so they can make as much money as possible, and share the profits with you:
“Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason…
We shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse” ~ Proverbs 1:11, 13-14
If you want a better understanding of how you might be supporting the pornography industry, I encourage you to get your portfolio screened so you can clearly see the companies and business practices you are profiting from by clicking here: Screen My Portfolio.
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