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Pakistan Porn Search Leader

Pakistan has banned content on more than a dozen websites because of offensive and blasphemous material. The Muslim country, which has laws on dress codes, ranks as the top country to proportionally search for certain sex-related terms.

What happens when you combine Muslim culture with a large, educated populace?   Lots of porn searches, apparently.

They may call it the “Land of the Pure,” but Pakistan turns out to be anything but.

The Muslim country, which has banned content on at least 17 websites to block offensive and blasphemous material, is the world’s leader in online searches for pornographic material, FoxNews.com has learned.

“You won’t find strip clubs in Islamic countries. Most Islamic countries have certain dress codes,” said Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame. “It would be an irony if they haven’t shown the same vigilance to pornography.”

So here’s the irony: Google ranks Pakistan No. 1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in the world in searches per person for certain sex-related content.  Pakistan is top dog in searches per-person for “horse sex” since 2004, “donkey sex” since 2007, “rape pictures” between 2004 and 2009, “rape sex” since 2004, “child sex” between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, “animal sex” since 2004 and “dog sex” since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.  The country also is tops — or has been No. 1 — in searches for “sex,” “camel sex,” “rape video,” “child sex video” and some other searches that can’t be printed here.

Before recently falling into some strange Google black hole, OTB has long gotten a not insignificant amount of traffic from people looking for nude pictures of various celebrities.   Those landing here as a result are no doubt disappointed.   At any rate, it’s no surprise to me that the Web’s most ubiquitous use is surfing for porn.

And, while I’d not have guessed “Pakistan” if asked to name the number one per capita consumer of porn, it makes some sense.   I am, however, a bit puzzled at their leadership in various bestiality searches.   I’m not sure if that’s some sort of South Asian fetish about which I don’t care to know more or simply a function of somebody having to lead in those categories.

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  1. grampagravy says:

    Not too long ago, Chandler AZ won google’s “tops for porn searches” in the U.S. It turned out that the physical location of some servers had something to do with said result. Before concluding that large numbers of Pakistanis are interested in doing the wild thing with critters, I would want to know if infrastructure plays a role here.

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