March 11, 2020

Protesters and Politicians Call for PornHub Shutdown After Site Promotes Videos of Trafficking Victims

Credit: Michael Coghlan / Flickr
Protestors gathered outside the Montreal Headquarters of MindGeek, the parent company of PornHub, to call for the porn site's shutdown. Over the past year, PornHub has been responsible for the promotion of videos depicting the rapes of "verified models" who turned out to be underage victims of human trafficking.

Most recently, it came to light that a 15-year-old girl who had gone missing was shown being raped in 58 separate videos. This girl, like many other victims of human trafficking, was forced into abortion by her captors.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr on March 9 calling for an investigation of the company for its enabling of disgusting abuse.

“The foremost duty of the Department of Justice is to ensure the safety of the American people, especially the most vulnerable among us,” Sasse wrote. “Pornhub must not escape scrutiny. I therefore request that the Department open an investigation into Pornhub and its parent entity MindGeek Holding SARL for their involvement in this disturbing pipeline of exploiting children and other victims and survivors of sex trafficking.”

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