A group of Bellevue women believe human trafficking and porn are linked and they've started a new billboard to educate people about it.
If you drive down Galvin Road in Bellevue, look up, and you’ll see a brand new billboard. It says, “Real Men Don’t Exploit” and it pictures the police chief, a retired teacher, and an airman and his kids.
Bellevue city councilwoman Carol Blood and Catholic Daughters of St. Mary’s Parish are spearheading the campaign. Their goal is to educate people.
“Many people that are against human trafficking believe that porn has a place in society, but if you understand that pornography tends to be a feeder for human trafficking, then you have to look at it and decide, is this something that we need in our society? Is this something that we can control better?”
Also on the billboard there’s a web address to realmendontexploit.com. When you type that in to the computer, it goes to the site pornharms.com. There you can get information on the effects of porn in society and links to resources if you need help.
Blood says the billboard was paid for by an anonymous donor and it will be up for 30 to 45 days. She hopes in that amount of time it will make a difference and get people thinking. "I tell people when they see pornography they assume that the person that's in that movie, in that video, is a willing participant, but you don't know that. You don't know if that person is a minor, that the person wasn't abducted from their home or country."
We did reach out to Dr. Johns, an adult store, to get their opinion on the new campaign. The manager said the store is geared toward couples and she doesn’t believe porn contributes to people committing crime.