Women’s interest in online pornography is rocketing, according to adult streaming sites.

According to a review of its viewership in 2017, the largest pornography site on the internet said the most popular search last year was porn for women.

Pornhub said 24.7bn searches were made on its site last year, the most frequent being porn for women, which saw a 359% year-on-year increase among female users.

The phrase was used 1,400% more by all users of the website in general.

Rival site xHamster reported a 2.4% increase in female users globally, with South Africa and Saudi Arabia seeing the largest increases of 23% and 11% respectively.

Meanwhile, female viewership in China and Australia dropped by 28% and 17% respectively.

Viewing pornography in the UK is set to be much more difficult as the Government implements a new law requiring websites to verify their users’ ages.

Campaigners have warned that the verification mechanism could allow hackers to identify pornography viewers’ habits and blackmail them.

Pornography producers in the UK believe it may also damage their ability to make a profit.

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Many of the most popular pornographic websites (Pornhub, RedTube, YouPorn) and production studios (Brazzers, Digital Playground) are owned by Luxembourg-based firm MindGeek.

MindGeek stands to increase its already considerable market share by offering age verification services to smaller sites, campaigners have argued.

Concerns have been raised that as a pornography business, MindGeek is not a suitable firm to protect children from adult content.

(c) Sky News 2018: Porn for women rockets in popularity, leading adult sites say

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