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February 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear a complaint lodged by a double murderer serving a life prison sentence that his human rights had been violated because his pornography was confiscated by prison authorities. According to the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), the convicted murderer is asserting that his privacy has been violated, as well as his freedom of expression.

The ECHR will now rule as to whether the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees prisoners the right to porn.

The ECLJ has been authorized to intervene and has submitted arguments opposing the recognition of porn as a human right. In addition to making the case that pornography is inherently immoral (arguments contained in the first three pages of their submission), they also laid out evidence that pornography is often violent and can increase sexual aggression in users:

An analysis of the 50 most popular pornographic videos revealed that 88% of the scenes contain physical violence, 49% contain at least one verbal aggression; 87% of the aggressive acts perpetrated are against women, and in 95% of the cases, their responses are either neutral or expressions of pleasure. As a result, pornography contributes to the perpetuation of harmful gender stereotypes such as sexism, machismo, sadism, or masochism. These hormonal stimuli and examples of violent behaviour are what will lead to a significant proportion of users to decrease empathy for victims of violence and increase aggressive and dominating behaviours. This consequence must be particularly taken into account for a prisoner in a prison environment.

Indeed, global awareness has been growing not only with regard to the porn industry’s complicity in rape, sexual abuse, torture, sadism, child exploitation, and sex trafficking (most notably with the recent revelations on the most well-known porn website Pornhub, which went from the pages of the The New York Times to the halls of Congress and other parliaments in days), but also the extent to which pornography as a primary facilitator of sex education is contributing directly to the creation of a new and very real rape culture.

The idea that prisoners — many of whom are serving sentences for perpetrating the very acts portrayed as fantasy in much of mainstream pornography — would have a human right to watch other human beings get degraded, sexually abused, humiliated, and brutalized would be to mangle the phrase beyond all meaning. Additionally, feeding the ugly desires and cruel fantasies that spurred the actions resulting in imprisonment is profoundly counterproductive to the rehabilitation of prisoners: A rapist spending his time behind bars being aroused by depictions of sexual violence at the behest of the state.

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UPDATE (3/10/2020) - Senator Ben Sasse, junior senator from Nebraska, has written a letter to the Department of Justice, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr, asking for an investigation into Pornhub, and its parent company, MindGeek.

We thank Senator Sasse for his courage and leadership on this issue. This is obviously a massive step in the right direction!

After reviewing many heinous instances of Pornhub having hosted videos of women and children victims of sex trafficking, Senator Sasse appeals to directly to the Attorney General, saying: "I applaud the actions that the Department [of Justice] has already undertaken under your leadership on this issue, but Pornhub must not escape scrutiny. I therefore request that the Department open an investigation into Pornhub and its parent entity MindGeek Holding SARL for their involvement in this disturbing pipeline of exploiting children and other victims and survivors of sex trafficking."

Pornhub definitely should be investigated, along with MindGeek, its parent company.

But, the abortion facility which facilitated the abortion of the sex traffickers, without notifying authorities, should also be investigated, too.

And, until such time as an investigation actually takes place, we will continue petitioning the U.S. and Canadian Attorneys General.

Could we ask that you please SIGN this urgent petition?

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UPDATE (3/10/2020) - News has resurfaced that the Pornhub-featured minor female victim of trafficking, who was filmed numerous times being raped and then re-victimized again when the footage was uploaded to the porn site, endured a forced abortion.

According to news and police reports, the girl was forced to have an abortion against her will by her male abductor, whose videos of the assaults, which were found in his apartment, were also uploaded to Pornhub.

It is a known fact that abortion has been frequently used by rapists to cover-up their crimes.

How many victims of human trafficking and rape, whose videos Pornhub may have hosted, were also forced to abort a child?

This is as bad as it gets. And, this is precisely why Pornhub needs to be investigated and shut down.

Could we ask you to please consider reading and signing this important petition?

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Pornhub, one of the world's largest pornography distributors, must be investigated and shut down.

Recently, Pornhub was discovered hosting 58 videos of a 15-year-old human trafficking victim who was raped.

Please sign this petition which calls on the U.S. Attorney General and his Canadian counterpart to investigate and shut down Pornhub, whose parent company, MindGeek.com, is based in Canada.

When Pornhub was caught hosting these rape videos, they attempted to deny the fact, saying that the 15-year-old victim was a "verified model with a valid ID."

Read this Tweet, which captures their denial and defiance.

Human trafficking, rape...child pornography: this is truly disgusting.

Are there more victims of human trafficking, rape and child pornography still hosted on Pornhub?

If so, where are these victims now? And, how much could Pornhub have profited from these vile activities?

For the sake of all victims of human trafficking past, present and future, Pornhub needs to be investigated and shut down.

If Pornhub is allowed to get away with this now, then human traffickers will know that they can continue their evil deeds and no-one will care.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, and join the chorus of people, from all sides of the political spectrum, calling on the porn hosting monster to be investigated by U.S. and Canadian authorities, and to be shut down.

Thank you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

"BREAKING: US senator calls Justice Dept to investigate Pornhub in wake of child rape vids" - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-us-senator-calls-justice-dept-to-investigate-pornhub-in-wake-of-child-rape-vids

"Child repeatedly raped in illegal Pornhub videos endured forced abortion" - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/child-repeatedly-raped-in-illegal-pornhub-videos-endured-forced-abortion

"Pornhub caught hosting illegal vids of 15-year-old victim of human trafficking, rape" -https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pornhub-caught-hosting-illegal-vids-of-15-year-old-victim-of-human-trafficking-rape

The John Henry Westen Show on Pornhub and its Canadian parent company MindGeek.com - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/ripping-the-mask-off-porn-and-the-canadian-company-thats-fueling-the-industry

"Porn is reaching dangerous new lows with gang rape, violence" - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/porn-is-reaching-dangerous-new-lows-with-gang-rape-violence

"PayPal cuts ties with major pornography site" - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/paypal-cuts-ties-with-major-pornography-site

Disclaimer: The Lifesite petition is not affiliated with Laila Micklwait or the Traffickinghub petition that is calling for the US Department of Justice to shut down Pornhub and hold its executives accountable for aiding trafficking. That petition can be found at Traffickinghub.com.

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The ECLJ also makes the case that member states of the European Union have the freedom to limit liberties “in order to protect morals, as well as the safety, health, or rights of others,” a “prerogative recognised by the Convention in its Articles 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.” (An example of this would be the fact that the Republic of Ireland banned abortion until very recently.) The health concerns are also substantial, with the ECLJ noting “the considerable research establishing that repeated use of pornography causes a risk of addiction, as well as numerous psychological pathologies and relationship disorders.”

Considering the recent public discussions in the Nordic states and the United Kingdom surrounding the dangers of pornography and the public health risks digital sexual content increasingly poses, the European Court of Human Rights will presumably hear from other stakeholders in this discussion. It doesn’t take much wisdom to decide that a double-murderer does not have the right to objectify, consume, and degrade people while in prison, but we’ll soon see if the Court has enough.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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