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The Sex Industry’s Tangled Web: A Closer Look at the Links Between Strip Clubs, Internet Porn and Sex Trafficking

Mary Rose Somarriba, Novak Fellow, Phillips Foundation

Pornography on the Internet…strip clubs on a bachelor’s last night out… Both seem like fairly common activities in America today. But in reality, both of these apparently socially acceptable sides of the sex industry are perpetuating the widespread exploitation of American girls and boys. Why isn’t this widely known? Because sex trafficking in America is a hidden problem that relies on the psychological manipulation and the silencing of its victims.

As part of her Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship, Mary Rose researched the connections between sex trafficking and pornography in America and spoke with women who had escaped. Based on Somarriba’s first-person research, this talk exposes how the glamorous image of the sex industry is a fraud, how it hurts both the trafficked victims and the consumers, and what you can do to combat it.

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