Monday, April 20, 2009

The Sex Industry #1

It was after something Martin Kelly had written about the Military Industrial Complex (he mentions the Sexual-Secular Complex, which might fit this description) that I grew to thinking about how the interests of big business in are at play in the most intimate areas of life and set themselves to stride the world imposing their need for profit into the sex lives of people around the world.

SSL International is one of the biggest manufactrurers of condoms in the world. It made £47M in pre-tax profits in 2006-7. It gave hundreds of thousands of pounds to a number of organisations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the creepy-sounding Population Services International, UN Populations Fund and the World Aids Campaign.

Needless to say, when the Pope states Catholic teaching about condoms, the NGOs funded by SSL International come to the defence of their paymasters.

This is how it works: SSL International pays said ‘charities’ to lobby for more condoms to be sent to the Third World. HMG is only too happy to oblige. SSL International reaps the profits.

Follow the money as someone once said

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Blogger Patricius said...

Good to see someone asking the right questions!
Surely one of the best marketing scams since built-in obsolescence- selling contraceptives to homosexuals!

10:49 PM  
Blogger berenike said...

Are the accounts out there somewhere?

11:18 AM  
Blogger berenike said...

(I am not doubting your post, au contraire, I have thought this would be something interesting to look up.)

11:19 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


I overstated the profit and gave the wrong year. You can check the link that is in the corrected text. Gross profit £284M; pre-tax profit £47M.

Still not bad going....

7:47 PM  
Blogger dillydaydream said...

The Hewlett and Packard foundations are also major supporters of birth control programs, I believe.

8:10 PM  

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