Hundreds of victims of sexual exploitation ask Congress to investigate Pornhub

More than 700 advocates for victims and survivors of sexual exploitation have sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to open a criminal investigation into pornographic site Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek.

On May 18, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), along with more than 700 survivors and advocates, wrote a letter to members of the United States Congress to ask them open a criminal investigation into Pornhub's parent company, MindGeek.

"MindGeek, which owns Pornhub and at least 160 other pornography websites, is an example of corporate indifference to the harm done to women and children on its platform," the letter says, which also claims the giant of pornography "violated federal laws" on age verification of users by "intentionally" placing "a download button on every video distributed on Pornhub."

The signatories of this declaration claim that Congress has "the power" to act on this situation to stop the spread of sexual assault against women and children which “occurs without apparent legal consequences for individual perpetrators or digital facilitators of monetized sexual abuse”.

Pornhub, based in Canada, is one of the most popular phonographic sites on the planet. In December 2020, the pornography distributor was accused of hosting not only videos of sexual assault and abuse but also numerous child pornography videos. This is Nicholas Kristof in an article in New York Times who brought this scandal to light. "Why is Canada hosting a company that distributes rape videos to the world? The author wondered.

The article also mentioned, Serena fleites , a young woman who testified last February before Canadian Parliamentarians about the trauma she experienced and her fight to have images of her removed, when she was a minor, from the Pornhub platform.

It wasn't until Mastercard and Visa announced that their credit cards could no longer immediately be used to make payments on Pornhub that the company deleted millions of videos of its platform.

"MindGeek cannot continue to operate with impunity" declared Dawn hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual. Exploitation before adding that "Congress must act to bring justice to survivors and end the tendency of the pornography industry to prey on the vulnerable."

Camille Westphal Perrier

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