• October 10, 2013

South Carolina has a strong connection with the pornography industry. Overall, the state of South Carolina ranks 9th in the nation for pornography use and 9th for average time spent on a single adult site (11 minutes 18 seconds). The three most common pornographic queries in South Carolina are “teen”, “ebony”, and a third term we believe is too explicit to post on our website. In South Carolina 35% of all internet content downloaded is sexually explicit. More shockingly, Google reports that the phrase “child pornography” is searched over 116,000 times a day and nets $3 billion annually.

From a legal perspective, South Carolina is a high traffic zone for sexual crime. While the pornography industry nets $12-$14 billion annually in the United States, adult film companies also fuel the global sex trafficking trade, which is an estimated $90 billion market. In 2010 police discovered the first instance of sex trafficking in South Carolina after raiding the home of a Columbia man who had abused and molested a 14 year old girl in his home for several months. Since that initial discovery, similar cases have been discovered in Conway, Charleston, Greenwood, and Greenville. In 2012 a Florence man was arrested after posting an amateur pornographic film he made in his home with a teenage sex trafficking victim. The cause? The I-20 and I-85 highways provide major routes to Atlanta and Washington D.C. – major sex trafficking capitals. As result, much of the pornography on the web contains women and men who were illegally trafficked through the Columbia/Lexington region.

From a parent perspective, the statistics involving students are equally alarming. If national trends are accurate in South Carolina, then 97% of graduating senior boys have seen pornography multiple times, with 18% of them being exposed to sexual violence. This rampant exposure has caused boys to devalue sex and objectify women. This objectification is lauded in pornography; the Justice Department reports that 27% of all pornography involves some form of child or female exploitation, victimization, or assault.

Whether we are aware of its’ proximity or not, pornography has a powerful and influential presence in our community; this presence must be countered by men and women of honor who will fight for dignity, integrity, and respect in their home and in Lexington. Pornography is at our children’s fingertips – we must respond to the threat it poses and corruption it causes. We must protect our children.

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