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Here’s a powerful, heartbreaking, but inspirational story of ex porn performer “Sunset Thomas” (@SunsetThomas) — who was in the porn industry for decades, (she made over 200 films), and who also worked for years in Nevada’s legal brothels.

Now known by her real name Diane, this article shares her story, describing the horrific toll that the sex industry took on her because of how she was so used and abused by the men in her life. (Mostly personally, but sometimes professionally, as those worlds were often connected.) It also shares how incredibly difficult it was for Diane to leave the sex trade.

    “Thomas explained to a reporter how many of the men in her life poached off her decades of earnings, first in the porn industry and later in brothels that capitalized off her high profile adult industry name. She said despite the fact she spent over two decades in the profession – her name and face known throughout the world – she has little to show in the way of savings.

    “I’m finally out,” Thomas said. “I was tired of the stress and people forcing me to do things I don’t want to do. I’m tired of people trying to pressure me to keep doing it when I don’t have to do it. I want to live a normal life like everyone else.” […]

    “The conditions at the brothel where she was working were prison-like with two week, 24/7 lockdowns,” Dr. Martin said. “It was an existence for her that became more and more unbearable, mentally and physically. She wanted to leave, but the money she was making for them was an incentive for them to keep her in it.” […]

    Stanley [Diane’s mother] said it was difficult to hear her daughter say over and over again she didn’t want to live that kind of life anymore.

    “I heard her cry and say she did not want to do these things,” Stanley said. “But no one would help, until Robert (Martin). She and Robert had been friends for a long time and when she called and asked him for help he went and got her, but she was nearly dead.”

    Stanley was referring to Thomas’ poor state of health when Martin retrieved her from Las Vegas, where she had gone into hiding after being beaten and injured by someone she declined to immediately identify. After rescuing Thomas from a bad situation, Dr. Martin nursed her back to health, Thomas’ mother said.”

READ THIS FULL, INSPIRATIONAL, AND MOVING STORY AT THE LINK BELOW: (And please don’t forget to like, comment and share to spread the word and support the cause. Thanks! :-))

https://btinsleyreporter.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/retired-porn-star-sunset-thomas-escapes-life-of-prostitution/

NOTE: For some reason the reporter inserted a random short section in the middle of the article that shares a bishop’s opinion on women leaving the sex industry. While everyone is free to practice any faith or none as they choose, Diane has written on her Twitter account that she is spiritual and not religious, so she’s not following the religious aspects of the path that this bishop advises, who is someone who is not connected to Diane.

And to be clear, women in the sex industry are *exploited* by pimps, johns, husbands and boyfriends, etc. So those who are committing the greatest transgressions (“sins”, per the bishop) are not the women in prostitution, who are usually just trying desperately to survive, but the (almost always) MALE EXPLOITERS. It is these men — not the women they’ve exploited — who should be seeking “redemption”, by coming clean and making amends, etc. The bishop does provide some other solid advice, though, about exited women finding a new set of friends for support, who aren’t in the sex industry.

In any case, we wish Diane all the best with whatever path she chooses to take from here on out that helps her to heal and prosper in her new and healthier life.

Go Diane! Well done on your new life! We support you and are grateful for you sharing your story to inform, help, and inspire others! 🙂

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Here’s a great article which responds well to the all-too-common criticism of anti-porn people being “anti-sex” — by describing the profoundly disturbing but all too real connections of pornography to child sex abuse and sex trafficking.

    ‘In Cambodia, Cacho met a woman who runs a brothel who explained how she ‘reprograms’ girls by ‘normalising sexual exploitation through systematic exposure to pornography. They have to be convinced that they were the ones who chose to do this, and they must be constantly reminded that their lives are worth nothing.’

    Some UN member states estimate between 60-90% of women in the sex trade are trafficked. Thai estimates show 40% of the sex trade is child sex abuse and around 90% of trafficked girls are underage. Indigenous women are also highly overrepresented in areas of the trade. Global inequality has long encouraged sexual exploitation, but only recently has it been broadcast in pornography. How many of these women feature on porn movies watched across the world? Research suggests users do not care.

    Criticism of such issues may be framed as “anti sex”, or against those working in the trade. On the contrary, the western choice rhetoric may legitimise exploitation of the economically vulnerable. Arguments for choice, agency or “feminist porn” create new opportunities to expand sales, rather than ethics. Users draw upon piecemeal evidence to argue the sex industry can actually reduce sexist attitudes and violence. This goes directly against a 2010 meta-analysis, most recent experimental evidence and Nordic state legislation review showing the opposite.

READ THIS FULL EXCELLENT ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW: (And please like, comment and share to support the cause. Thanks!)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/11/its-not-anti-sex-to-want-to-expose-pornographys-complicit-role-in-child-abuse-and-trafficking?CMP=soc_567

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC:

http://www.antipornography.org/porn_fuels_trafficking.html

Have any of you reading this ever been accused of being “anti-sex” because you’re anti-porn? If so, how did you respond, and what was the result? Please feel free to share. Thanks!

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Check out this disturbing ABC News 20/20 video report on the increasing number of students now stripping to pay for college.

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/college-students-strip-pay-tuition-costs/story?id=23782754

It’s disturbing because:

1) It misrepresents, normalizes, promotes and glamorizes stripping (and porn)

2) It doesn’t show the downsides and harsh realities of stripping

3) It doesn’t show that women usually have to grind on men’s laps and erect penises as part of their “job”, and not just dance on stage

4) It demonstrates the “Belle Knox effect” taking place — of other young women hearing about her and then following in her footsteps because of how “Belle” has glamorized the sex industry.

All very tragic and upsetting, don’t you think? Please feel free to leave your comments expressing your thoughts about this unbalanced and misrepresentative report in the comments section at the ABC News article above. Thanks!

ADDITIONAL VIDEO: Below is the Nightline version of the above 20/20 news report, which includes some different and additional information. Slightly more balanced, but still equally disturbing!

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/stripping-pay-college-23789103

IMPORTANT NOTE: Women paying their way through college by stripping may be increasing, but they are still the exception and not the rule. Many women in the sex industry have very low self-esteem, and are seeking approval as much as money. This is often because they are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. These young women often have to assert how great and “empowering” stripping is, to themselves and others, in order to:

1) keep themselves in denial about the truth of what they’re doing and why, so they can continue and survive it and not feel too bad about it

2) so they can make their needed money from the male customers, who desperately want to believe that women really like sexually exploiting themselves for male consumption, and that women are really fine, and not there because of their past abuse or other issues. If they told the truth men wouldn’t want to pay them.

For those interested in learning more about the actual HARSH REALITY about what it’s REALLY like to work in a strip club, feel free to check out our page on stripping at our website below. Thanks!

http://www.antipornography.org/stripping_harms.html

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YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ ENDSexAbuseNOW ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~ SafeHealthySexNLove ~~
TWITTER ACCOUNTS: @AntiPornography ~~ @ENDSexTraffic ~~ @ENDProstitution ~~ @ENDSexAbuseNOW ~~ @NoSadomasochism ~~ @PornAddictHelp1 ~~ @HealthySexNLove ~~@ExPornStarVLB ~~
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Please make a tax-deductible donation to support the cause if you’re able to. Thanks!

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

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PLEASE WATCH our powerful new video of our volunteer, ex “porn star” Jessica, telling her shocking story of doing porn. She also exposes other porn industry abuses, such as rampant drug use, illegal exposure to STDs, and much more. NOTE: This is a speech to a college class that Jessica did last month.

Please like and share, and leave encouraging positive feedback for Jessica here or on the video at YouTube. Thanks for your support! 🙂

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http://youtu.be/ymWVWHOgDFM

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RELATED AND OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:

VISIT JESSICA’S PAGE at our website to read her story written in her own words, watch more videos, listen to radio interviews, and to support her volunteer efforts with us:

http://www.antipornography.org/ex-porn-star-Jessie-Rogers.html

Please DONATE to help. Your support is needed for us to continue to help ex porn performers and facilitate them speaking out!

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 🙂

NOTE: AntiPornography.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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WATCH A PLAYLIST OF JESSICA’S VIDEOS: (starting with the video above)

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WATCH VIDEOS of Jessica with another of our volunteers, ex porn performer Vanessa Belmond. (AKA “Alexa Cruz”):

— 2 Ex Porn Stars’ Message to Women Considering Doing Porn: Jessie Rogers & Vanessa Belmond Expose All

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— Two EX PORN STARS Say Working In Porn Is A DEAD END TRIP to Nowhere. Jessie Rogers & Vanessa Belmond

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FULL TEXT of the speech in the video in this post:

http://www.antipornography.org/ex-porn-star-Jessie-Rogers-exposes-shocking-abuse.html

Info on the MURDER of BDSM porn model “Taylor Summers”:

“Photographer admits he killed porn model over payment. He stabbed Natel King during a fight in his studio after a photo shoot.”

http://articles.philly.com/2005-03-01/news/25420131_1_jennifer-mitkus-natel-king-taylor-sumers

Our page on how pornography fuels sex crimes:

http://www.antipornography.org/sex_crimes.html

ARTICLE: Mr. Marcus Sent To Jail For Exposing Co-Porn Stars To Syphilis
(Jessica mentions this in the video)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/05/mr-marcus-jail_n_3390912.html

Thanks again for your support! It’s very much appreciated! 🙂

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Please support the cause by following us here at this blog, liking us at Facebook, subscribing to our YouTube channels, and following our Twitter accounts. Thanks! ~~
FACEBOOK: AntiPornography.org – Nonreligious, Pro Free Speech, Pro Healthy Sex & Love ~~ http://www.facebook.com/ENDSexploitation ~~
YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ ENDSexAbuseNOW ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~ SafeHealthySexNLove ~~
TWITTER ACCOUNTS: @AntiPornography ~~ @ENDSexTraffic ~~ @ENDProstitution ~~ @ENDSexAbuseNOW ~~ @NoSadomasochism ~~ @PornAddictHelp1 ~~ @HealthySexNLove ~~@ExPornStarVLB ~~
Post created by AntiPornography.org Nonprofit Organization ~ Preventing and combating the devastating harms of pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual slavery, while supporting safe, healthy, equality-based sex, love, and relationships ~

Please make a tax-deductible donation to support the cause if you’re able to. Thanks!

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

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