United States: 34 women file a complaint against Pornhub, accused of hosting rape videos

Complainants expect pornographic video site and parent company MindGeek to set up “security measures so that this does not happen to anyone else.”

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It is one of the most popular porn sites on the planet. The noose is tightening around Pornhub and its parent company, MindGeek, in particular accused of hosting rape videos including on minors, after the filing of a civil complaint in California by 34 women. “This is a rape case, not pornography”, insists their complaint, of which AFP has obtained a copy and which is not the first of its kind.

“I hope this will motivate Pornhub, as well as the other companies in this industry, to put in place some safety measures so that this does not happen to anyone else.”, reacted Friday to AFP one of the 34 complainants. This 38-year-old Canadian had testified, on condition of anonymity, of her long fight to remove a video of her sexual assault from the Internet, broadcast without her consent on Pornhub which claims 130 million visitors per day. Now withdrawn from the site, the recording has spread on the internet and still continues.

Lawyers accuse Pornhub and MindGeek, one of the world’s adult internet giants, of being “a classic criminal enterprise” whose financial model is based on the exploitation for financial purposes of non-consensual sexual content. The Montreal-based group, which owns more than 100 porn sites, is said to have some 3.5 billion visits each month.

“Today is a day to remember”, welcomed Thursday Laila Mickelwait, founder of the Traffickinghub campaign behind a petition signed by more than 2.2 million people accusing Pornhub of authorizing the massive sexual exploitation of women and minors and profit from it.

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