Ex-Porn Star Shelley Lubben, Anti-Pornography Activist and Founder and Executive Director of The Pink Cross Foundation
Shelley Lubben is a former pornography performer who is now an amazing and courageous activist speaking out against the harms of pornography and helping people in the pornography industry who want to leave. Below is a video playlist of a number of videos created by Shelley or with Shelley in them.
Please watch the videos to learn more about Shelley's story and the harms of the porn industry. Please also read Shelley's testimony below the videos from the recent OSHA hearing about the unsafe and harmful working conditions in porn. Additionally please check out the article and book excerpts on our site by Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges that describe and praise Shelley's successful outreach work at porn conventions, as well as describe the devastation of pornography. Please click here. (The excerpts are from the excellent book by Chris Hedges "The Empire of Illusion," which contains an extremely important chapter about the harms of pornography entitled "The Illusion of Love." Excerpts on our site here.)
Please also see Shelley's YouTube channel, website, The Pink Cross Foundation and Shelley's MySpace and Facebook for more information about the harsh truth about pornography and her excellent work in bringing about reform in the industry and helping women to leave.
(More than 50 helped to leave so far. Go Shelley!)
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Playlist of videos of Shelley Lubben exposing the truth about the harms of pornography.
SHELLEY LUBBEN CAL/OSHA HEARING TESTIMONY ABOUT THE HARMS OF PORNOGRAPHY:
In March 2010 Shelley Lubben and three other former pornography performers testified at a Cal/OSHA hearing about the abuses of pornography. Additionally a current pornography performer and producer testified about the unsafe and the unhealthy conditions in pornography. Below is Shelley's testimony.
Note: Cal/OSHA held the hearing held to consider a petition submitted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to form a committee to address the possibility of amending the OSHA code to specifically address health and safety issues of pornography performers so that they will be better protected.
"Shelley Lubben, Executive Director of Pink Cross Foundation, stated that she is a survivor of the porn industry. As a former porn actress, she has suffered much at the hands of the porn industry and their illegal activities and hazardous work conditions. She was subjected to being forced into scenes with several male performers while there was blood, feces, urine, and seminal and vaginal fluid all over her body. These conditions are common on the sets while the performers are working. At times, the performers are made to stand on piles of rags. Most of the scenes are filmed in private homes where there is no one to monitor what goes on, and there are no advocates on the set for the young performers.
Ms. Lubben stated that she and the Pink Cross Foundation have helped more than 50 performers leave the adult film industry, and hundreds more have shared their stories. The performers report that agents are often forcing performers to do scenes or threatening them with cease and desist papers or blacklisting if the performers ask to use condoms.
Ms. Lubben stated that she contracted herpes, an incurable STD, while working as an adult film performer. In addition, she contracted human papillomavirus, one of the most prevalent STDs in the industry, for which the industry does not test. This later led to Ms. Lubben’s contraction of early cervical cancer, during which she had half of her cervix removed.
She asked that the Board convene an advisory committee to develop a standard that would protect this segment of California workers."
For the testimony of the the below former performers please see our page on ex-porn stars. Click here.
Jan Meza-Merritt, Former Adult Actress
Madelyne Hernandez, Former Adult Actress
Darren James, Former Adult Actor (HIV-positive from pornography)
For the full testimony of everyone at the hearing, as well as comments by the Cal/OSHA Board and others present, please click here.
Please visit Shelley's main website at ShelleyLubben.com. Especially important to check out are the stories of former porn stars that expose the harsh truth about the harms of the pornography industry. To read them click here.
Please visit Shelley's nonprofit organization The Pink Cross Foundation at ThePinkCross.org and find out more about the amazing things that she is doing to help others and to clean up the corrupt and unsafe pornography industry. Don't forget to sign up for her newsletter! Please click the picture below or click here.
"Shelley Lubben, former porn actress, reveals the hardcore truth about the porn industry.
Shelley Lubben is a mother, a missionary to the sex industry, fighter for truth and advocate for sex workers and porn performers who are abused by the adult industry.
Shelley is also a former porn actress fighting tirelessly against the pornography industry which affects most of the world in a destructive way. Unrelenting in the cause of human rights, Shelley is passionate to educate people all around the world about the abusive and illegally operating porn industry as well as inspire the world to stop viewing pornography and stop contributing to the destruction of men and women who are being abused daily in the pornography industry.
Because of the huge epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, drugs and prostitution, and abuse toward adult industry workers with lack of help available, Shelley and her husband Garrett founded the Pink Cross Foundation, www.thepinkcross.org, a nonprofit public benefit corporation created to reach out to adult industry workers offering emotional, financial and transitional support for those who want out of porn and the sex industry.
Eleven porn stars died from HIV, suicide, homicide and drug related deaths in 2007.
-- HIV - Tom Howard - 2/27/07 and Joe Romero - 10/30/07.
-- DRUGS - Haley Paige - 8/22/07, Chico Wang - 9/29/07, Danny Dukes - 12/30/07, Anna Nicole Smith - 2/8/07, Danny Roddick - 9/13/07, Brett Mycles - 2/25/07.
Thank you to all of you who support Shelley's excellent work, but most of all thank YOU Shelley for being such an inspiration to all activists and others by demonstrating how much one person can make a difference in making this world a better place for everyone. You're amazing and we love you!
Please don't forget to watch Shelley's videos at the top of this page. Please click here.
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