Pornography is a ‘public health crisis’ of the digital age.
The easy availability of hardcore porn and its widespread consumption has a proven damaging effect on social, emotional and physical health of individuals, families and communities. Dominated by themes of sexual violence, coercion and misogyny, today’s online pornography also undermines women and children’s human rights. Read More.
The porn industry is exploitative and unregulated.
The porn industry is riddled with trafficking and abuse, and frequently capitalises on vulnerabilities of women and children. Online porn sites consistently fail to enforce their own terms and conditions and profit from illegal content. In spite of the proven failure of self-regulation, governments around the world have so far failed to hold the industry to account. Read More.
Prostitution is fundamentally exploitative.
We advocate for the introduction of the “Nordic Model” in the UK, which involves decriminalising individuals who sell sex and criminalising sex buyers. This is the most effective way of tackling the demand for paid sex and shrinking the sex trade. Read More.
Victims and survivors of sexual exploitation should have the full support of the law to rebuild their lives.
Recognising the proven harms that result from selling sex (or indeed from any involvement in the commercial sex industry), we advocate for strong, practical support for all victims and survivors alongside holistic, longterm exiting provision.
Human trafficking and prostitution are intrinsically linked.
Sex trafficking is ultimately driven by the demand for prostitution. Research shows that sex trafficking increases wherever prostitution is legal or decriminalised. Read More
The commercial sex industry puts children at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation.
Hypersexualisation and the normalisation of online pornography increases children’s risk of online grooming, image-based sexual abuse (“revenge porn”) and peer-on-peer sexual harassment, coercion and bullying. Read more.
Hypersexualisation in media and wider culture is an underlying driver of child sex abuse & exploitation.
The sexual objectification of women and girls is having a toxic effect on behaviours, attitudes and relationships. Hypersexualisation in the media and throughout culture reduces girls and women to sex objects, reinforcing harmful sexist stereotypes, reducing empathy and driving sex, race, age and class inequalities.