Would you be counted as part of the accumulated pornography viewer’s statistics in the world? Pornography is one of the wealthiest industries in the world estimated to be worth about $13.3 billion in 2006 . Africa, a continent known for her traditional and religious qualities is massively competing with the rest of the world in the pornography industry.
How many times have you paused as you scroll through instagram, twitter or even facebook at the glance of a pornographic picture,video or merely the word,”PORNOGRAPHY”. Your reaction to it may be a smile, a loud gulp of saliva or even a smirk expressing disgust. However the reaction, there is naturally an attraction of human beings to sex therefore the expression, “Sex sells”.
My blog gets the highest views when anything relating to sex is uploaded. However, my viewers who are mostly Africans hardly make comments on such posts. Africans are particularly quiet about issues relating to sex in fact we pretend it does not exist. No wonder the statistical truths I am about to reveal is very shocking and scary.
The cell phone industry’s self regulating body says that 90% of children between the ages of 8-16 years watch porn online often by mistake. These children who watch porn online for the first time are usually more likely to re-visit those sites. In my personal research, I randomly engaged teens who might be in high school or lower in a conversation to test their knowledge about pornography. Even though some were not forth coming in the initial stages of our conversation, most of them opened up to tell me about their experiences. Most of them had nicknames for pornography such as blue films (wondering what is blue on the screens to merit the name) and sexy films were the main nicknames they had for pornography. Almost all of them said they got to watch pornographic videos through other people; their friends, house-helps and sometimes parents who negligently leave such tapes around. The least age the children I spoke to saw a pornographic film was five and he saw it from his PARENT’S tape. About 98% of the teens I spoke to had seen pornography. This is indeed a scary statistic.
In South Africa, 2008 survey in major cities found that 67% (84% of boys and 54% of girls) have seen a pornographic film; 45% report watching such films regularly. This statistic is galloping every second. You can imagine the statistics now!
According to Alexa rankings of the top 100 websites in Ghana, the 33rd position was a porn website. It is even visited than jobs.com which means a lot for an unemployed population like Ghana’s. Jobs.com is 49th, then 51st, 61st and 62nd are all pornographic websites. This shows how much Ghana is patronizing the porn industry. Many other African countries are no exception.
The question you are probably asking is, “Who are those making these movies that are getting huge viewership from children than cartoons in Africa”. Lets not look too far, our boys and girls are the very porn actors the industry is using to fuel its growth as I have made a few rumblings on how this happens on here. Russel Stromin, Head of the Code of Conduct Committee for the Wireless Application Service Avoidance Association said that 22% of teen girls and 20% of teen boys had sent inappropriate photographs of themselves via SMS which were ending up on pornographic sites. This statistic is bound to increase as the access to more sophisticated cell phones and other gadgets are made easier for this generation.
Africans are quickly gaining stance in the porn industry as actors and it is scary and heart breaking to find out how it happens. There are more than thousands of men and women trafficked out of their countries every year to feature in pornographic films. On April 23rd, 2013, eight women were rescued at Kotoka International airport,Ghana, West Africa which led to the rescue of six others. These women were promised jobs that will help them into earning at least $8,000. Instead they were taken to countries like Kuwait, Italy, even Kenya to feature in pornographic movies. They were sold as slaves to their owners which is referred to as KADAMA in Kuwait. They were rarely fed, they were only used for sex and prostitution. When they fell ill, they were left to die. They were threatened and if they went against their masters, they were killed. I thought the slave trade was over many years ago; apparently, it’s not.
Men also go through the same ordeal and deception that makes them victims of human trafficking as well. Ugandan University student, Sunday Bekunde; a twenty-five years old and a second year student at Makerere university of Kampala was a victim of trafficking who was forced into acting pornographic movies. He was promised a lucrative business if he agreed to travel with a seemingly rich business man called Charles when he shared his financial predicaments with him. Instead he was sold to people in Kenya who threatened, assaulted and forced him to feature in both heterosexual and homosexual pornography also known as straight and gay porn respectively. He was also forced to have sex with elderly women who paid his masters. He had sex severally in a day which caused him to have bruises on his penis and anus. He went through that ordeal till he lost his mind and was admitted at a psycho-social ward. The details of his story is here.
According to StarFM Online, some porn actors were wanted by the Ghana police after reporting their European porn producer’s refusal to pay their promised amount for featuring in a pornographic movie. They escaped after investigations revealed that they engaged in gay porn since it paid more. They were paid $1200 for gay porn and only $200 for straight porn. In fact, we are the very fuel for our own disaster.
If you ever thought that you watch porn and it does not affect you any way, then think it over because you will be surprised at how it affects you when I reveal it’s almost unnoticeable but humongous effects in my next blog post.
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