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Porn Victims File $40 Million Lawsuit Against Pornhub, MindGeek

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Porn Victims File $40 Million Lawsuit Against Pornhub, MindGeek

By Movieguide® Staff

The adult entertainment site Pornhub faced backlash from non-profit organizations, credit card companies, and the general public after award-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof exposed the company for its compliance with the illegal sexual exploitation of children.  

Soon after the publication, several sex-trafficking victims filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek for refusing to remove non-consenting content, even after repeated requests.

Forty victims demanded $1 million each, along with the money generated by Mindgeek from hosted and promoted videos. The total lawsuit of over $40 million also included legal fees, Vice reported. The victims were part of a trafficking operation called GirlsDoPorn. 

“As a proximate result of MindGeek’s knowing financial benefit and participation in GirlsDoPorn’s sex trafficking venture, Plaintiffs have suffered damages, including, but not limited to, severe emotional distress, significant trauma, attempted suicide, and social and familial ostracization,” the lawsuit reads.

The DailyWire reported: “It’s alleged that all 40 victims named in the suit became suicidal over the harassment they received from their videos being spread online without their consent.”

Vice reported that several of the victims threatened suicide to have the videos taken down from the site.

“I’m going to kill myself if this stays up here. I was scammed and told this was only going to be on DVDs in another country. Please I’m begging you please ill pay!” one victim allegedly wrote.

“They scammed me and told me it was only going to DVDs in another country. Please this is ruining my life,” she posted in another message.

“Girls Do Porn was a sex trafficking operation that forced and coerced dozens of women as young as 18 into sex on camera, and lied to them about where and how the videos would be distributed,” Vice explained. “The women were told by everyone involved, from cast and crew to the owner, that the videos would not appear online. After filming, their videos were uploaded to Girls Do Porn’s own site, as well as Pornhub, where the Girls Do Porn monetized its videos as a Pornhub ‘content partner.’ Pornhub also promoted Girls Do Porn as a content partner even after women in Girls Do Porn videos came forward about abuse and sued it.”

As a result of the outcry and legal pressure, Pornhub removed millions of videos from their site, the total number amassed to an estimated 60% of their content. The move also came after Visa and Mastercard announced the termination of their card use on the pornography site. 

Pornography’s effect on the mind, soul and society has plagued the world throughout history. As the definition of love changes for younger generations, society follows suit.

Movieguide® noted that “under President Ronald Reagan, pornography replaced violence as the hot political issue” among America’s public.

Movieguide® previously reported:

In 1987, the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography found that adolescents reported the most frequent exposure to pornography, not mature adults![i]… 

A 1988 report revealed that: 91% of male and 82% of female teenagers under 18 years old have seen extreme, X-rated, hard-core, pornographic sex-and-violence.

66% of the males and 40% of the females want to copy what they see.

More than 25% of the males and 15% of the females admitted to actually copying some of the things sexually they had seen in the pornography within a few days after the exposure.[iv]

This data strongly suggests the “modeling effect” or “imitative learning” effect that even non-violent pornography has on human behavior.

While Movieguide® maintains a biblical worldview, secular scientists are agreed on the dangerous effects pornography has on someone’s brain development.