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Pornographers Face Life in Prison as Women Coerced into Porn Awarded $13 Million in Civil Case

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I have previously interviewed a woman who was formerly coerced into not only prostitution, but the porn industry as well.  Fortunately for her, unlike so many women who get pulled into the porn industry, she was able to leave it behind and begin a new life.  This is what makes this latest story such a huge one that virtually no one is talking about.  As a civil suit against pornographers rendered a judgment of $13 million to women coerced into pornography, several pornographers are now facing life in prison.

According to The Washington Post:

A California judge has tentatively ordered a pornography company to pay $13 million to 22 young women, finding that they were tricked into performing in videos which threw their lives off course and led several to attempt suicide.

The ruling Thursday followed a years-long legal battle waged by the women against the owners of GirlsDoPorn, a San Diego-based business that has made millions of dollars producing pornography it distributes through a subscription website and other online adult-video providers. The company is also the subject of a separate criminal case in which its owners and employees face federal sex-trafficking charges.

Key to the GirlsDoPorn business model, San Diego Superior Court Judge Kevin A. Enright noted in the civil case, is the construct that the women in the videos “are not professional porn stars but are amateur college-aged women filming pornography for the first and only time.”

WaPo adds:

The 99-day trial revealed the “calculated steps” the company’s operators took to persuade those women after recruiting them for “modeling” jobs on Craigslist, including concealing the true nature of the business, deploying bait-and-switch tactics and offering what the judge said was “little choice in completing the shoot.” They repeatedly promised that the videos would be available only on DVDs purchased by private collectors overseas and that the identities of the women — all between the ages of 18 and 22, most of them cash-strapped college students — would not be revealed.

Instead, GirlsDoPorn swiftly uploaded the videos to its website and Pornhub, one of the world’s leading adult-video sites, where they amassed millions of views. The women were doxed and harassed relentlessly, and the videos were sent to their parents, siblings, boyfriends, coaches and pastors. Enright found that, at best, the company knew the result was inevitable and profited from it; at worst, it actively participated in it by revealing names, identifying details and social media accounts as a means of attracting additional subscribers.

“They are happy with the outcome and, you know, what they’re happy about is not the $12.7 million,” attorney Edward Chapin said, who represented the 22 plaintiffs in the case. “What they’re happy about is that the court vindicated them and validated their claims and their stories. And that they feel finally that someone has listened to them, because they were shamed, they were ridiculed, they were harassed.”

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GirlsDoPorn was founded in 2009 by New Zealand native Michael James Pratt. Matthew Isaac Wolfe, a childhood friend, joined the company two years later as co-owner. They are named as defendants in the suit, alongside porn actor Ruben Andre Garcia. Their attorneys, Daniel Kaplan and Aaron Sadock, told The Post that they are “weighing our client’s options, which include filing objections to the court’s tentative statement of decision and an appeal if the decision becomes final.”

In court, the defense argued that the women knew what they were getting into and signed consent forms prior to filming. The judge quickly rejected the claim, pointing out that testimony showed the women were fed alcohol and drugs before completing vaguely written contracts which they were given insufficient time to read.

“Defendants’ argument ignores the obvious implicit power dynamic invariably present in the room: The women are alone in a hotel room with two men they barely know who, although friendly at first, become aggressive and agitated if the women express hesitation or a desire to leave,” the judge continued. “Several Plaintiffs testified that they had second thoughts prior to or during the shoot but felt they were not in a position to try to leave.”

Wolfe and Garcia were arrested back in October in connection with the criminal case against them. Pratt is a fugitive who is believed to have fled the country.

As part of his ruling, Enright ordered GirlsDoPorn to remove the women’s images and videos from every website it owns, each of which is still in operation despite the civil and criminal cases. Chapin said the women were especially thankful for that part of the decision.

“They’ve got to wipe that slate clean,” he said. “That’s the first thing that was so important to these women.”

According to the Daily Mail, at least 100 more women came forward with similar stories against the pornographers.

While this is clearly a huge victory for women who were clearly the victims of sick, immoral men, this is just a drop in the bucket of the evils of the porn industry.

Take a listen to how Deanna Lynn was drawn into the porn industry and taken advantage of in this interview and then read her story in her book.

Article posted with permission from Sons Of Liberty Media

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