The Worst Type of Exploitation
Human Traffickers depend on social media
The Internet enables the worst type of exploitation
Most people are acutely aware that social media is used by con artists and scammers, but they don't realize that the Internet enables the worst type of exploitation. Exploitation occurs when the person who does all the work gets the least for his labor. So many people who do jobs they hate, feel exploited. Things don't always go as we expect them to, especially when others are involved like in relationships or at work. When someone falls short of one's expectations in a relationship, so many are quick to show them the door. But ironically they will hang onto a dead end job that makes them miserable. Where a paycheck is involved people often choose to self-exploit as a trade off for income.
Self-exploitation reigns supreme in the adult industry. We know from the get go that our activities although consumed by thousands, are the source of scrutiny to millions more. Often times producers will exploit the naivety of a new recruit, pushing her to do things she never thought of, knowing she is inexperienced and trying to prove herself. Mia Khalifa had her life turned upside-down and literally threatened in what for her was the worst type of exploitation. But she was able to walk away and to self-exploit her notoriety in a different way through social media. She will always be scrutinized, but at least now she is making the profit from her infamous exploits.
The worst type of exploitation must be escaped.
The Porn Biz has a revolving door when it comes to talent, people come and go so frequently that most aren't noticed. We all have our reasons for choosing this work, no matter how temporarily, but it doesn't mean that we are without morals. Most of us have a code of conduct that will not be compromised, and we walk away from jobs that demand that compromise. Unfortunately there are monsters out there who engage in the worst type of exploitation, human trafficking.
I recruit my own talent and one unlikely porn starlet shared with me her unique story. I don't usually get into their personal history, but this girl showed up in full Muslim attire so I was intrigued about her double life. The Indonesian beauty had a pretty typical life until she was 14. When she decided to help out her family by taking an Nanny position, in a foreign nation. She was recruited through Facebook, and had her passport and phone taken when she arrived far from her family. She discovered that she was trapped in the worst type of exploitation when within a week, the woman of the house started demanding sexual favors from her. Soon after, the husband joined in, but they quickly tired of her and used Instagram to sell her off to the next house of exploitation.
The second household really groomed her for the pleasure of others, and when it came time to sell her off, she was the subject of a live auction with another girl. Bidders arrived early to check and test out the merchandise before making any offers. In the end, she was so inconsequential to her final owners, that they would leave her at the house alone while they shopped. They practiced the worst type of exploitation on her, seeing her as nothing more than an object they had purchased. Finally, after discovering her passport while unsupervised, she escaped to freedom.
Her matter of fact recount of her story, is typical to that of incest survivors I have met in this business. They prove Nietzsche knew something about the resilience of the human spirit. It also explained the dual aspect of her life; many of us believe in a higher power, unwavering. It's the hypocritical religious leaders who condemn our choices while doing nothing to provide alternatives for us, that keep us turning to a trade that they blame for all of societies ills. Call it what you will, but self-exploitation is an escape from being vulnerable. It helps us to champion our own lives, putting behind us our own person the worst type of exploitation, whatever that may be.
Hamilton Steele is a porn industry veteran and porn journalist.
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