[Briefing occurred June 15, 2010]
I’ll share some of my personal story as well as give you the truthful look at the porn industry and what really goes on behind the scenes.
In my research, … , as well as from the very mouths of the ones who make pornography, I’ve learned that 66% of porn performers have herpes, a non-curable disease. Chlamydia and gonorrhea among [porn] performers is ten times higher than Los Angeles County 22 to 24 year olds. 25 cases of HIV have been reported among porn performers since 2004. These are just some of the negative, secondary affects of the porn industry.
Since 2000 there have been 23 suicides and 30 drug related deaths in the porn industry. Los Angeles County Health Department recently reported 70% of sexually transmitted infections that occur happen to females. I’m one of those females.
As a survivor of the porn industry I contracted human papillomavirus and herpes a non-curable disease which later led to my battle with cervical cancer where I had to have half of my cervix removed.
I also battled with severe anemia due to the hemorrhaging I experienced for twelve years. In fact, I’m still battling with damages to my reproductive organs.
I have suffered much at the hands of the porn industry but after eight long, hard years of recovery and by the grace of god-almighty, I escaped that hell and today, I’m here. A mom of three beautiful daughters. Married to a wonderful man, … who stood by me through my horrible recovery.
… I want you all to know that the last thing I want to do to people is talk about porn, but my compassion for those people who are in modern day slavery right now … I was overwhelmed, so I went back to the industry and I began to reach out to them and of course, I’ve been called every name in the book you can imagine, but that didn’t stop me.
I founded the Pink Cross Foundation, a non-profit organization that reaches out to adult industry workers offering help, a way out, education, friendship. We go to the porn conventions, we go to night clubs, heck, I even sang porn-star karaoke to them!
You know what I discovered? They have the same stories I do, some of them far worse.
Some of the acts of violence and abuse in the porn industry include: verbal and physical abuse on the set. I have been hit, spit on, penetrated everywhere you can imagine, told to ‘sit still!’ or to ‘pose still!’ while every orifice of my body and hands are engaging five to six male performers, and I’ve been totally humiliated on the set where they had stopped the scene and I didn’t even know what was going on and they had to wipe up feces. I basically checked out and died.
Porn-star Jersey Jaxin made this shocking statement about her experience in porn: “Guys punching you in the face, you have semen all over your face, you get ripped. It’s never ending.”
Porn-star Regan Starr describes in an interview with Talk magazine, while sex acts were performed on her she was hit and choked until she couldn’t breathe.
Women are also forced into sex acts they did not agree to, including prostitution.
Porn-stars are prostitutes. We make a lot more money and do a lot less work, okay? You can go all over the Internet and find their websites where the girls are making twenty-five-hundred dollars an hour. They hate making porn. At least with prostitution we get a dinner sometimes.
Although prostitution is still horrible, the porn industry is the worst.
Pornographers who are also drug traffickers, offer [porn] performers drugs and alcohol. In fact, the local doctors are in conspiracy, and yes, I know your names! They’ve prescribed xanax, vicodin, valium, to drug addicted, young, naive women and men.
I know because I’ve held one in my arms who overdosed recently on 21 vicodin and don’t think, for a second, that I don’t go through her medicine cabinet and find out who the doctors are. Don’t think for a second that these women and men aren’t telling me everything.
Alcohol and drugs are so rampant in the porn industry that women have to have drivers because they are so wasted all the time. In fact, they not only have drivers, they have ‘handlers’. In fact, these terms are very common in the industry.
Just at a recent convention one very famous, old, male, porn-star, when I complained about why so-and-so is so wasted and why is no one helping her, he said, ‘Where’s her handler!?’
Widespread sexually transmitted diseases in the porn industry include, but are not limited to, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis A-B-C up to G I’ve heard, syphilis.
And the only thing that the industry does is that they rely solely on STD testing. Which, come on, let’s put the math together people, after you have multiple sex partners in and out of the biz, those tests become pretty unreliable pretty quickly.
Porn workers are only tested for HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. They are not tested for herpes a non-curable disease.
According to Los Angeles Public Health Department, a report released last year, there were 2,396 cases of chlamydia, 1,389 cases of gonorrhea, 25 cases of HIV reported by AIM, the Adult Industry Medical Clinic.
This isn’t my stats. This is from the mouth of the porn industry.
The AIM clinic, offering STD testing and so-called medical care, is conveniently located in the world’s porn capital, San Fernando Valley where 85% of the world’s adult content is produced.
AIM is the main caretaker of the porn-stars. Doctor Sharon Mitchell, former porn actress and founder of AIM, who walks around in a white lab coat, who is not a medical doctor but received a sexology degree from a non-credited institute where required courses are erotic massage, fantasy development and how-to run a sex workshop.
Doctor Sharon Mitchell emphatically states, ‘We keep the adult industry safe’. Well, L.A public health disagrees and has initiated investigations but is finding it very difficult to work with the mob.
Besides widespread sexually transmitted diseases [in the porn industry, there’s] prostitution, drug addiction, physical and verbal abuse, sadly many die.
Just in the last couple of weeks there were reports of multiple deaths in the porn industry. 2 were killed, 2 porn-stars were injured by a samurai sword on a porn set and 1 porn-star died after jumping off a cliff in a stand-off with the LAPD.
No other industry has these kinds of statistics.
And this isn’t happening underground people, this is happening right in-front of your eyes, right here in America, California - where I’m from. I live an hour and fifteen minutes from the porn industry.
The truth is, porn is not glamorous. Porn destroys human lives, and is destroying our nation, but we can change, there’s hope. We can heal and I am living proof of that.
I urge you to enforce current federal obscenity laws and protect human lives. The children need you, the young women and men need you, and honestly, I need you.
I can’t fight this industry by myself.
Thank you very much."