미성년자 성매매로 기소된 미국의 억만장자 제프리 엡스타인이 교도소에서 비극적 최후를 맞이한 사건이 전 세계에 충격을 주고 있다. 불법 성매매를 다룬 영화 ‘8일(8 Days)’를 연출한 자코 부옌스 감독은 음란물 문화를 그 원인으로 지목했다. 미성년자 성매매 범죄자의 99% 이상이 음란물 중독이라는 게 그의 주장이다. 음란물 중독은 결국 극단적이고 비도덕적인 욕구로 치닫는다는 그의 메시지는 미국 사회를 포함한 전 세계에 경종을 울린다. -편집부
As Epstein’s case keeps making the news and lurks over the American consciousness, an anti-sex trafficking activist and film director of a newly-released film on child sex trafficking points out a deep-rooted social problem that starts with the widespread culture of child pornography.
Jaco Booyens is the producer and director of the newly-released film, 8 Days, a feature film that talks about the hideous crime of child sex trafficking in the United States. Shot by a team of independent filmmakers at After Eden Pictures, the film is based on true events that depict modern-day sexual slavery in the country.
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Booyens comes across as someone who has a moral responsibility to tell this story. He wants to make people aware that things are happening “right under our noses in every sector” and that we need to protect our children. Booyens wants people to understand how the problem of child sex-trafficking is deeply rooted in the culture of pornography.
“Supply meets demand, so what is creating the demand for sex with minors? In what they’ve found, over 99 percent of the time, when we first find somebody who is involved in the crime, that they are also addicted to pornography,” said Booyens, whose own sister fell prey to child sex trafficking in South Africa in 1994.
Deeply Rooted Culture of Pornography
Booyens works with 56 organizations worldwide involved in rescue and prevention of child sex trafficking, and says when a young man or woman watches pornography for the first time a psychological reaction happens.
“It’s either a sexual experience such as a family member inappropriately touches a child or a child walks into a room and he sees his parents watching pornography.
“There’s a decision made in that child’s mind at that point that this is love, of course, the curiosity, or that is what the woman’s body is for, which is predominantly and immediately women being objectified, and so it alters reality and it disturbs normality,” said Booyen, who describes porn as a drug.
Booyens is highlighting a staggering problem—about 200,000 Americans are classified as porn addicts and 40 million American people visit porn sites daily, according to cybersecurity company WebRoot.
Every day, 68 million search queries related to pornography are made in the United States, 116,000 of them are for child pornography.
Booyen says addiction to pornography alters the meaning of a consensual relationship. “What sex is supposed to be, what a consensual relationship is supposed to be, it changes that. Now, porn does not satisfy, ever. So anybody that’s engaged in pornography they will want more, always!
“So they go from soft porn, which is soft images in a magazine, then they start looking at porn videos, then they start engaging in those acts in their relationships, usually husbands that start being forceful with their wives because that’s what they see in porn, then they regress to even take[ing] sex from an individual without consent and then they end up one day at a place where they buy sex from a child,” he explained.
The epidemic scale of what Booyen is talking about can be understood from the fact that 48 percent of kindergarten and first-grade students reportedly saw online content that “made them feel uncomfortable,” according to a 2008 study by the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Children Advocacy Center, says 11 years is the average age at which a child first gets exposed to adult content and one in seven youth report being solicited for sex online.
Hollywood as a ‘Rogue Agent’
Booyens described Hollywood as a “rogue agent” and a huge contributor to the problem and said the industry is shaping culture by introducing ideas to the American people.
“We’ve got groups in this country today, fueled by Hollywood, and fueled by politicians on the left that are aggressively pursuing a bill to lower the consensual age for sex to ten. Ten! Why ten? Because it’s pre-puberty, because men who are involved in sex trafficking, that’s their ultimate goal is to have sex with children pre-puberty. It’s very sick! Very sick!” he said.
He said Hollywood and politicians know what’s happening but they are doing nothing about it.
“They turn a blind eye because they know many of their friends, of their financial contributors, of their associates are involved. They are involved in pornography, they are involved in child abuse and child molestation. So it’s a very sick situation where culture has lost its morality,” said Booyens.
In a timeline prepared by Complex on child sexual abuse in Hollywood, child abuse victims in Hollywood from as early as 1976 talked about how they became victims in the industry of promises.
“And Hollywood keeps pushing the moral compass, they push the moral barrier,” said Booyen.
He said he’s a filmmaker but he doesn’t subscribe to the way Hollywood is shaping the culture.
If you know anyone who may need help, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)