PornHub Sued by Alleged Sex Trafficking Victims

At least forty women identified only as “Jane Doe” have sued MindGeek, Pornhub’s parent company of knowingly profiting from the sex-trafficking operation GirlsDoPorn.

At least forty women identified only as “Jane Doe” have sued MindGeek, Pornhub’s parent company of knowingly profiting from the sex-trafficking operation GirlsDoPorn.

The forty women filed a suit last Tuesday afternoon in the Southern District of California seeking compensatory damages of more than $80 million.

“Plaintiffs have suffered damages including, but not limited to, severe emotional distress, significant trauma, attempted suicide, and social and familial ostracization. Further, MindGeek has received ill-gotten gains by selling, marketing, and exploiting videos featuring the Plaintiffs’ likenesses,” stated the complaint.

The complainants alleged that as early as 2009, and fall 2016, MindGeek knew GirlsDoPorn was trafficking its victims by using fraud, coercion, and intimidation while MindGeek continued to partner with GirlsDoPorn and host their content, but never bothered to investigate claims and evidence that they received.

GirlsDoPorn was already shut down by the FBI last year after receiving complaints of abuse and the girls being lied to about whether the videos would be shared online.

The complaint added that GirlsDoPorn had advertised well-paid shoots on Craigslist and similar websites to recruit young girls into adult videos, under the auspices of anonymity and that it would not be shown to the US and the internet.

The suit also alleged that MindGeek tried to acquire GirlsDoPorn’s footage library in 2018, but backed out after receiving evidence of abuses done by the company.

This complaint was filed after Pornhub was featured in an explosive New York Times column that accused the company of hosting rape videos and child pornography prompting Visa and Mastercard to withdraw their services from the site.


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