Pornography Industry Revenue Statistics
Size of the industry $57.0 billion world-wide - $12.0 billion US
Adult videos $20 billion
Escort services $11 billion
Magazines $7.5 billion
Sex clubs $5 billion
Phone sex $4.5 billion
Cable/Pay per view $2.5 billion
Internet $2.5 billion
CD-Rom $1.5 billion
Novelties $1.0 billion
Other $1.5 billion
Porn revenue is larger than all combined revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises.
Child pornography generates $3 billion annually
Internet Pornography Statistics
Pornographic websites 4.2 million (12% of total websites)
Pornographic pages 372 million
Daily pornographic search engine requests 68 million (25% of total search engine requests)
Daily pornographic emails 2.5 billion (8% of total emails)
Average daily pornographic emails/user 4.5 per Internet user
Monthly Pornographic downloads (Peer-to-peer) 1.5 billion (35% of all downloads)
Daily Gnutella "child pornography" requests 116 thousand
Websites offering illegal child pornography 100 thousand
Sexual solicitations of youth made in chat rooms 89%
Youths who received sexual solicitation 20%
Worldwide visitors to pornographic web sites 72 million annually
Children Internet Pornography Statistics
Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography 11 years old
Largest consumer of Internet pornography 12 - 17 age group
15-17 year olds having multiple hard-core exposures 80%
8-16 year olds having viewed porn online 90% (most while doing homework)
7-17 year olds who would freely give out home address 29%
7-17 year olds who would freely give out email address 14%
Childrens' character names linked to thousands of porn links 26 (Including Pokeman and Action Man)
Adult Internet Pornography Statistics
Men admitting to accessing pornography at work 20%
US adults who regularly visit Internet pornography websites 40 million
Promise Keeper men who viewed pornography in last week 53%
Christians who said pornography is a major problem in the home 47%
Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction 10%
Breakdown of male/female visitors to pornography sites 72% male - 28% female
Women and Pornography
70% of women keep their cyber activities secret.
17% of all women struggle with pornography addiction.
Women, far more than men, are likely to act out their behaviors in real life, such as having multiple partners, casual sex, or affairs.
Women favor chat rooms 2X more than men.
1 of 3 visitors to all adult web sites are women.
9.4 million women access adult web sites each month.
Women admitting to accessing pornography at work 13%
See the article “Children and Pornography Online” regarding online predators.
See also “” (Don’t worry, the same author has a similar article for men regarding pornography.)
Peer-to-peer File-Sharing Networks
Made famous (or infamous) by Napster, peer-to-peer networking has exploded in the last few years. Exactly what is it? P2P, for short, is a networking concept where individual PCs are linked directly to each other without the use of a central server, such as a website. Once the P2P software is installed, users all over the world have access to files on each others disk drive. Originally used for swapping music files, pornography is taking over.
Palisade Systems Study
(Refer to the links page at the end of this packet for link to the complete Palisade Study)
Palisade monitored file-sharing network for 3 weeks and discovered:
· 42% of all requests were for adult or child pornography
· 38% of all requests were for copyrighted audio files
Searches by category:
· 63% Pornography
· 27% copyrighted material
· 10% child pornography
· 1% legal audio files
· 99% copyrighted audio files
· 75% Pornography
· 24% Child Pornography
· 1% legal images
· 96% Copyrighted software titles
· 4% Freeware or public domain software titles
Government Accounting Office Study
(Refer to the links page at the end of this packet for link to the complete GAO Study)
Exposure to Pornography
on P2P Networks
In 2003, the United States General Accounting Office (GAO), in conjunction with the Customs CyberSmuggling Center (CCC), conducted a more detailed study of P2P programs and discovered rampant pornography and child exploitation.
The GAO analyzed 1,286 titles and file names returned from 12 keyword searches associated with child pornography.6
The CCC further analyzed 341 downloaded images.8
Exposing Children to
The CCC also investigated files returned from innocuous searches routinely conducted by children. Of 177 images found using search terms “Britney Spears,” “Pokemon,” and “Olsen Twins,”10
Article: Focus On the Family: Pornography and Child Exploitation on Peer-to-Peer Networks by Daniel L. Weiss
(Complete text of this article and the referenced studies available through my website. See Links page at the end of this packet.)
What Can We Do?
From Focus on the Family:
As parents we must take a multi-pronged approach. First, talk with your kids. Second, protect your kids by installing filtering of some form. Third, establish rules for internet use and stick with them.
What it should do:
· Block objectionable content
· Minimize blocking of desired content
· Log activity and be easily monitored
· Be impossible to disable without an administrative password
· Monitor and filter web use, instant messaging, email
· Control use of file-sharing applications such as Kazaa, Morpheus, etc
· Time Management
· Be easy to install, monitor, and use
Ratings: (See my website for more info and manufacturers’ links.)
· PC Magazine (Aug 8, ’04): CyberSitter 9.0
· Consumer Reports (June ’05): SafeBrowse.com
· Internet Filter Review 2005: CyberProtect (CyberSitter came in 2nd)
Hardware/Software Filtering Combination
Linksys Parental Controls/Linksys Wireless-G Router with SpeedBooster (WRT54GS) Also available on some routers made by Netopia.
Takes advantage of the placement of the router between your PCs and your broadband internet connection.
· Provides all functionality of software filtering solutions.
· All filtering is performed on the router.
· No software to install on individual PCs.
· Activity logs and configuration settings can be accessed from any internet connection in the world.
There are many Internet Service Providers offering filtered internet service. These providers filter content such as pornography, hate-sites, etc. at their server.
See the article, “A clean Supply” from Citizen Magazine in the links page. This article is rather dated so try a Google search of “filtered ISP” for some current offerings.
Links to Referenced Articles, Studies & Other Useful Websites
Note: Rather than list the somewhat lengthy URLs for these sites, go to http://www.sherrodcomputing.com and click on ‘Protecting Our Families’.
A Journey into Cyberspace Is the Internet good or bad? Both. Despite all the horrific headlines about online isolation, violence, pornography, predators and commercialism, the Internet can be a valuable and entertaining resource if used properly.
Net Family News A nonprofit public service providing "kid-tech news" for parents and educators.
P2P=Porn-to-Peer? Pornography & File-Sharing
What Makes a Good Filter by ContentWatch
P2P Networking: Kid’s Know. Do Mom and Dad? from Internet Filter Review
Filtering Software Ratings
Consumer Reports Article: Filtering Software – June 2005
A Clean Supply: Filtered ISPs from Citizen Magazine