Coercive and controlling behaviour and sex work

Coercive and controlling behaviour and sex work

Creating sex videos whilst trapped in coercive and controlling relationship

The criminal offence of Coercive and Controlling behaviour is rife in the adult video / sex worker industry and many sex film producers are guilty of it.

Despite this, the topic of coercive sex work is hardly ever discussed in public and there is very little information available online to help and support victims of such conduct.

Is controlling and/or coercive behaviour against the law? 

Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship is a criminal offence. Under Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, the criminal offence is committed when two peole (or more) are in intimate relationship and one of them engages in behaviour towards the other that is controlling or coercive and which has a serious effect on the victim's physical health or well-being.

How do you prove controlling and/or coercive behaviour?

The test for proving controlling and/or coercive behaviour is that the victim fears violence and/or feels alarmed and distressed on at least two occasions, due to the controlling behaviour of the other person.

The effect adverse effect of the controlling and/or coercive behaviour on the victim, often demonstrates itself by the victim becoming disengaged, stop socialising, feels physical or mental deterioration or becomes depressed.

How is controlling and/or coercive behaviour relevant to the making of sex videos?

Many performers on sex films suffer psychological, physical, financial, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of either a partner or someone else who pretends to be taking care of them and of their emotional needs. They are often asked to prove they love their partner and care for him by performing sex acts, either with the controller or with the controller's friends and associates. Often those coercive sex work acts are extreme or unusual. In essence, over time, the victim becomes a sex slave to her or his master and loses the free will to decide whether or not they wish to perform sexual acts.  

Harassment and the criminal offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour are often underused by the police and the CPS, particularly in relation to sex workers and porn industry. As a result, the conduct of some sex film producers becomes more and more controlling over time as they have no fear of ever being stopped or prosecuted. There is very little understanding of the nature of Controlling or Coercive Behaviour within sex workers. Naturally, victims of coercive sex work feel threatened, intimidated and embarrassed and as a result tend to not approach the police for help. 

How come we don't hear more about victims of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour? 

Coercive behaviour is an act of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim. Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependant by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. 

What is trending in porn videos can often depict what sex film producers want from their sex actors. Many sex film actors would not agree to what they end up doing when the camera is rolling, due to the vile nature of some of the acts. Many porn workers are forced to do extreme fetish films or gang bangs and violent style sex films so that they are more lucrative to the producer and many sex actors are of course afraid and reluctant to perform in them.

Film producers are reknown, according to some of our clients, to abuse and threaten their sex video performers and to subject them to violence, physically and mentally, and to to keep them under their control to long term abidance. 

Is there help available for victims of coercive sex work? 

If you are in that fearful situation and you recognise that your sex film producer is repeatedly committing this criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour there are ways that we can help you. Sometimes even just having a conversation with an independent person with a lot of experience in the matter can help you either come out of the current situation you are in, or help you resolve an associated issue.

We will protect you and your interest and the conversation will be completely confidential. Cohen Davis solicitors represent the legal interests of porn and sex workers and other individuals who have found themselves in similar exploitive situations.

We are discreet, we do not judge and we will protect you and your interest.  

Give our sex worker lawyers a call now, on 0800-612-7211 or email us on Helpline(at) 

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