The texts from the back covers of pornographic
films we quote in this pamphlet are all taken from films that
are distributed in ordinary video rental stores, not from specific porn shops.
"Sandy is the cutest, sweetest little girl I have ever
met. I am like a father to her. I guess I should take her to
the zoo and things like that, but instead I fling her into THIS!!!
Everyone gets to shag the girl.
Four masked madmen do it, as do two Africans, and 11 blokes
(!) are having a gangbang with her. All in all 30 men enjoy
themselves with the young girl, complete strangers picked up
from the street. It could have been YOU...
Here you go! Enjoy true teenage
From the back-cover of the porn film "Italian
teenage girl is exploited by the porn industry.
She was precocious.
of 1995 the American actress Traci Lords appeared on Swedish television,
talking about how she was raped at the age of 11 and how after that
she got into heavy drinking and drug abuse and then was exploited
by the porn industry and used in porn films. In the USA all of the
films but one are banned, for the reason that she was a minor at
the time when they were recorded. In the TV show Traci Lords was
very upset to hear that the films are being distributed in Sweden,
and she asked if there was no law against child pornography in Sweden.
Some time after the TV show we discovered
that a producer of pornography had produced two films to be sold
on the Swedish market, both consisting of cuts from the recordings
with Traci Lords. They are called "The Worst of Traci Lords' "
and "The Best of Traci Lords'".
The films are distributed all across Sweden, they are even available
in ordinary video rental stores.
Not only are the films sold with the
knowledge of them being child pornography this fact is used
as the main sales argument. On the back-covers of the video cases
it says things like: "Totally
prohibited in the USA!", "the teen scandal"
and "The very first shootings
when she was at her YOUNGEST!". The example of
Traci Lords shows that the commercial, mass distributed pornography
can also be made up from documented
child sexual abuse.
The story of Traci Lords is not unique
or unusual. Many of the teenage girls and adult women used in commercial
pornography have been victims of sexual abuse at an early age. In
the porn industry the abuse continues. What is exceptional about
Traci Lords is that she has been strong enough to manage to get
out of the exploitation of the porn industry and make it as an actress,
despite her background. But it is also the fact that she is famous
which triggers the porn industry to exploit her now. And the Swedish
evening papers are quick to follow both Aftonbladet and Expressen
have had recurring advertisements offering the films featuring the
abuse of Traci Lords by mail order.
to Swedish law it is not Child Pornography
To put the Swedish Child Pornography Act to the test, we reported
a video store that stocks the Traci Lords films, the producer (Max's),
a mail-order firm and the evening papers Aftonbladet and Expressen
which have published ads for the films, to the police. We referred
to the fact that the sales argument
is that the content of the films is child pornography. But the Chancellor
of Justice replied that the films could not be defined as child
pornography according to Swedish legislation irrespective
of what we knew about her actual age at the time of the recordings.
In the UN's child convention a person
is considered a child up to the age of 18. The social services in
Sweden use the same definition. But in the law against child sexual
abuse a person ceases to be defined as a child already at the age
of 15. And in the legislation against child pornography age does
not come into the picture at all. There it says that a child is
someone "whose sexual maturity
process has not been completed". Consequently, the Chancellor
of Justice reckons that Traci
Lords was sexually mature already in her early teens.
Physically, Traci Lords was mature
at a rather early age. But nobody seems to ask what her state of
mind was when at the age of 13, drunk and stuffed with drugs, she
was used and exploited by the porn industry.
As recently as in 1992 it was "disclosed" to the public
that child pornography was widespread in Sweden, when media reported
on the confiscations of child-pornographic videos carried out by
the Huddinge police (Huddinge
is a suburb south of Stockholm, translator's note.). A large number
of children had been raped and sexually abused in front of the camera,
some very young girls had been subjected to very gross and sadistic
abuse. The films and photographs were then distributed among groups
of men across Sweden. The disclosure forced many people to see pornography
as it really is; a brutal reality of violence and abuse, far from
the harmless fantasies that sexologists talk about.
The videos were confiscated and kept
as evidence at the city court of Stockholm. That made them accessible
to anyone according to the principle of public access to official
records. There was a public outcry when it became known through
the media that men ordered copies of the child-pornography films
from the court; men who once again planned to masturbate to the
documentations of the abuse of these children, among others there
were men who were already serving prison sentences for sexual offences.
At that time strong public opinion
made the legislative assembly take a quick decision about an alteration
in the principle of public access to official records. Child pornography
and pornography containing violence are now exeptions to this principle.
One would have thought that there
should have been a similar reaction after the TV show featuring
Traci Lords, when it became known to the Swedish public that the
films showing the abuse she had been subjected to were spread among
men all over Sweden. But this time there was no such reaction.
girls as Sexual Objects
The absence of any reactions shows that people's notions of what
is "allowed" to do with young teenage girls have been
blunted. Together with other influences, it is commercial pornography
that is responsible for this.
Girls are expected to be sexual objects,
and on advertising posters, in music videos, films and series on
TV, they are.
A video where a boy
of 13-14 was used by the porn industry would probably arouse more
indignation. (For example, compare with the case of Bengt Bolin,
the Swedish pensioner who was known as "the 66 year-old"
in Swedish newspapers a few years ago. He had abused a 13 year-old
boy in Thailand and was later convicted in Sweden.) Furthermore,
the reactions would probably have been stronger had there been one
single perpetrator who filmed Traci Lords. But it was not, it was
the commercial porn industry, which is very seldom questioned at
all in Sweden.
Of course, now and then there are
articles in newspapers about one or other of the men behind the
porn industry. When this happens, he is often described as a "porn
king", and the report often focuses either on how loathsome
this particular man is, or how successful. Analyses of the porn
business itself, i.e. of the particular form of sex traffic that
pornography is, are conspicuous by their absence. In Sweden of the
1990s pornography is most often described in the media not in terms
of oppression and exploitation, but as the sexologists represent
it; as erotic fantasies to add a little "spark" to people's
sex lives. Few ask themselves what that "spark" really
The story of Traci Lords is one
example of how young girls are exploited by the commercial porn
industry. To be able to understand why pornography exists as a
mass phenomenon, though, we have to take a closer look at
the porn industry; what it is and how it operates.
The t-shirt in the picture above is a trendy t-shirt for teenage
girls, short to expose the stomach and tight at the bust, t-shirts
with text alluding to sex, in particular sex as a commodity, for
example "Open 24 hours", "Any time, any place, anywhere"
and "Babe", or this one, "Don't TOUCH (What you can't
Since the phamplet was written the Swedish Child Pornography
Act has been modified. Since 1999 it is (with a few exceptions)
a criminal act to be in possession of Child Pornography. But
the Pornography of Allusion is not
banned by the law and the Commercial Pornography that uses
young teenage girls is not on the agenda at all.