An article by Benjamin Nolot was recently published in Relevant Magazine. Below is a teaser of the article:
While filming Nefarious: Merchant of Souls—a documentary on the global sex trade—I traveled to a small village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I had heard that the village was a hotspot for child sex tourism, but I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived.
When the dust around my vehicle settled after the long trip down the bumpy dirt road, I saw a white Western man standing in front of a dilapidated shack. The man, probably in his late 40s, was bartering for sex with a child outside of a shanty brothel.
My film crew and I quickly exited our vehicle and approached the man. When he saw us, and noticed the equipment we had in tow, he sprinted toward the main highway. We gave chase, catching up to him just as he saddled the back of a moped taxi.
Adrenaline pumping, emotions swirling, I grabbed him by his shirt and stared straight into his eyes. The look on his face was one of sheer cowardice and it seemed there was a film of perversion glossed over his eyes. After I raised my voice, demanding he never return to the village again, I let him go.
As we walked back to our vehicle, I pondered what I had just faced. Who was this man? What was his story? How did he end up in this village, on the other side of the world, paying for sex with a child?
Then it occurred to me—this man didn’t wake up the day before and decide to fly to the other side of the world for a lustful, perverse transaction.
When first considering human trafficking, it may not seem like the issue has anything to do with you or I. To us, human trafficking seems like a troubling issue that poor souls somewhere out there—somewhere far from here—face.
Yet, when we begin to question the injustice, we must consider the condition of our culture. What kind of culture is producing so many men who are eager to buy women and children for sex, contributing to a $32 billion annual human trafficking industry? The same culture that produces and perpetuates a $100 billion per year pornography industry.
Boys growing up in this culture form an objectified view of females at an early age. Ninety percent of them will view pornography between the ages of 8-16 with the average age of initial exposure being 11.
When a young child’s fragile mind is exposed to the graphic images in pornography, it distorts his view of girls, sex and relationships. He begins to see them as inanimate objects, devoid of humanity—a thing to be conquered rather than a person to love.
By the time many reach adulthood, they have been disinhibited by their exposure to the graphic images in pornography. Consequently, a man will only fantasize for so long before he begins to rise up and demand the living embodiment of his masturbatory fantasy. As a result, we have an entire generation of men mongering for sex and willing to pay for it.
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