Porn and public computers | Letters
January 4, 2012 · 5:22 PM
The fact that King County libraries allow pornography on public computers shows that we really do not understand the correlation between human trafficking and pornography.
Yet, the relationship between human trafficking and porn is astounding. Laura Lederer, former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. State Department, believes there is a vital connection. “We will never have success in eradicating sex trafficking,” says Ms. Lederer, “unless and until we tackle the cultural messages of pornography and related materials that are encouraging this exploitation and abuse.”
Washington state, and in particular Pacific Highway South ranging from South Seattle through Federal Way, is notorious for prostitution. Yes, having better laws and stronger enforcement will help decrease the problem of human trafficking in the area, but we also need enforcement that snuffs out the demand side, including porn on public computers in public places.
As a result of the Internet, I believe one of the biggest problems with male teenagers in this generation that will surface in the very near future is in the area of pornography. The problem will express itself in relationships, marriages, work spaces, schools and many more locations. Porn is not only something that the majority of male teenagers engage in, but then it becomes a taboo that when talked about only comes up as a joke.
Working with teenagers on a daily basis, pornography is killing the next generation of men by enslaving them and by turning women into objects. By allowing porn within the King County libraries, we are supporting the continuation of human trafficking in our own city. Or have we forgotten the famous words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
My question in regards to pornography being allowed within the King County libraries is the following: When will we stand for what is right rather than standing for personal freedoms?
Jason Clark, Federal Way