Elizabeth Smart talks how her captor’s addiction to pornography made her life a living hell
Fourth Estate Staff
Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E) – Elizabeth Smart, the woman abducted 13 years ago, spoke against pornography in a recent interview as she said that her captor’s addition to such has made her life a living hell during the nine-month captivity.
Smart was 14 years old at that time and is now 28 said that her captor, Brian David Mitchell, would sit and watch at the pornographic videos then talk about the women in it. When he was done watching, he would turn to Smart and say, “Now we’re going to do this.” The latest interview of Smart is for Fight the New Drug, which is an anti-porn profit group.
Smart continued to reveal, “Looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. Having sex with his wife after looking at pornography wasn’t enough for him. He just always wanted more.”
In Utah, where Smart grew up and was abducted by Mitchell, pornography has been declared a public health crisis earlier this year. Governor Gary Herbert said last April that it is an acute problem and is not only psychologically related but also physiologically.
Aside from Mitchell, now 62, his wife, Wanda Barzee , also played a role in the abduction of Smart. Smart was taken to the mountains and a well-hidden makeshift home was where she lived for nine months. She was also forced to watch the couple have sexual intercourse. The area where she was hidden was just miles away from her family’s home. Mitchell raped Smart multiple times daily and threatened to kill her if she tried to escape.
Smart also recounted the time that her captor was so excited about something, which was about showing her a pornographic magazine.
Smart now works as a contributor for ABC News and continues to be an advocate for child sexual abuse prevention. She is not married and has a baby daughter, whom they welcomed in 2015.