PornHub owners sued 50 women, including four women

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Montreal-Pornhub owner MindGeek has settled a lawsuit involving 50 women, including four Canadians, who accused him of cheating in a massive sex trafficking campaign.

Brian Holm, a California-based lawyer who represented the complainant in the lawsuit, told CTV News that the lawsuit has been settled.

“The parties reached a mutual resolution to resolve the dispute and the terms are confidential,” Holm wrote in a statement, but declined to comment further.

In a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California in April 2021, it alleged that pornographer GirlsDorporn lied about how sex videos were used.

On several occasions, women were told that their videos would be sold abroad on DVD, in fact, they were uploaded on the Internet without their consent, the lawsuit states.

MindGeek, whose headquarters are in Montreal, its main website Pornhub and credit card processing company Probiller.com, are all listed as defendants in the suit.

MindGeek partnered with GirlsDorporn until October 2019, after it was shut down after the Justice Department filed charges of sex trafficking and other charges against its four principals. One of the four, Michael James Pratt, is absconding and remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted list with a $ 50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

The lawsuit alleges that MindGeek has earned millions of dollars in revenue by partnering with GirlsDorporn and sharing their videos on pornhub and its subsidiary porn websites for years.

“MindGeek knew of partnerships, revenue sharing and profits from the sex trafficking industry. MindGeek knew that the victims of significant harassment and GirlsDorporn were the result of the constant publication of videos of its victims,” ​​the lawsuit alleges.

According to the lawsuit, “MindGeek simply did not care and continued to partner with GirlsDoporn. It would not be profitable.”

None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven or tested in court.

MindGeek spokesperson Ian, whose full name and position were not disclosed, sent the following statement to CTV and indicated that the terms of the agreement are confidential.

“MindGeek is not tolerant of posting illegal content on its platforms and has established a comprehensive, industry-leading trust and security policy to identify and eliminate any illegal material from its community. Stated in the company statement.

This company lied to me

A number of plaintiffs in the lawsuit requested that Pornhub upload their videos to the Internet after it was uploaded.

Jane Doe no. In January 2016, one of four Canadian plaintiffs identified as 36 wrote a letter to Pornhub asking them to take their video.

According to the lawsuit, she wrote: “What I am trying to explain is that I refused to be online !!!.

“Jane Doe consulted the defendants a few days later with No. 36 MindGeek and continued publishing the videos as she was being treated by her boyfriend.”

In another case, identified as US citizen Jane Doe No. 11, Pornhub sent at least three requests in nine months to remove its website on Tube8.com.

“I lied about this company being on the internet! They told me it should only be available on DVD in Australia (sic). My work friends and family know everything and this link is being sent around. I want to die.” Written in his request.

MindGeek agreed to remove the video only after the principal of GirlsDorporn was arrested in October 2019, according to the lawsuit.

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The lawsuit claims millions of dollars for every 50 plaintiffs.

GirlsDoporn tricked many young women into part of the sex trafficking campaign after they answered online ads for clothing-wearing modeling opportunities and used “cheating, coercion and intimidation” to force women to perform obscene acts. The lawsuit alleges.

MindGeek has been in the crossroads of lawmakers and lawmakers over sexual exploitation in recent years, with calls for increased accountability for websites hosting unacceptable explicit videos and photos.

MindGeek announced last December that it would ban user-uploaded content, in an effort to better control the content on its websites, including PornHub – the eighth most popular website in the US

The company has been the subject of a House of Commons ethics committee study following a New York Times investigation into the Montreal-based industry. The committee failed to ensure that the online platforms were deleted quickly, otherwise it would face financial penalties.

In July, the federal government proposed creating new powers to block online platforms that repeatedly refuse to remove harmful content, including non-consensual image sharing and child exploitation.

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