The campaign is supported by a broad spectrum of over 240 organizations as well as experts and survivors of all backgrounds.
“For too long pornography has been framed as a moral issue, but from over forty years of empirical research, we know that it is an issue of harm. Pornhub is in the business of commodifying and monetizing violence against women and children. There is no place for Pornhub in a world committed to sexual equality, dignity, and social justice.”Dr. Gail Dines CEO and President, Culture Reframed
“Pornhub is profiting from and enabling violence, rape, sex trafficking and the exploitation of women and children and must be held accountable. To achieve true equality, we must ensure that all women and girls live their lives free from violence and exploitation. This can only be possible if no woman or girl, or any human being, is trafficked or exploited in the sex trade and pornography industry. Unizon is a Swedish association of over 140 women’s shelters, young women’s empowerment centres and other support services working together for a gender equal society free from violence. Pornhub is the total opposite to a gender equal society free from violence.”Nina Ljungberg Unizon SwedenOlga Persson Unizon Sweden
“Calling for Pornhub to shut down is not based on morality or religion or personal opinion – it is founded on universal principles of human rights and the right to live free from violence. Pornhub is making billions of dollars, profiting from the exploitation, sexual violence and dehumanization of the most vulnerable people in the world, with impunity.”Taina Bien-Aime Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
“Sex trafficking is a form of exploitation. Pornhub consumers want to believe that there is a bright line between using women and girls trafficked into prostitution and the images they consume for sexual arousal. Pornography consumers are desperate to believe that Pornhub has provided a legitimate way to buy and sell other people sexually. But exploitation is exploitation, and Pornhub is the essence of exploitation, the major player in a pornography industry. Building a just society demands that we reject the sexual-exploitation industries.”Robert Jensen Emeritus Professor, University of Texas at Austin
“Porn has been bleeding into the mainstream for decades; Pornhub is involving itself in one final aggressive push to stake its claim on the high street. Every woman has an obligation to defend herself against this.”Rachel Moran Survivor, Author and Founder of SPACE International
“Every day, Pornhub is host to pornographic material that features racism, incest, and violence against women. The site is also known to have hosted videos of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking victims on several occasions. Human beings of all ages, races, genders, and sexualities are being abused while Pornhub pockets profits from selling said abuse and exploitation online. It's nearly impossible to stress strongly enough the fact that these cases are far from anomalies. Pornhub and its parent company, Mindgeek, must be held accountable for facilitating, promoting, and profiting from sexual abuse and exploitation. The grassroots outcry against Pornhub which is spreading around the world is long overdue and represents a powerful statement on behalf of the victims and survivors who have been--and continue to be--exploited for profit by Mindgeek.”Patrick Trueman National Center on Sexual ExploitationDawn Hawkins National Center on Sexual Exploitation
“The blatant disregard in failing to protect the vulnerable is unconscionable—we must respond by asking questions underpinned by a critical analysis. If porn companies fail to adopt measures to verify the age and consent of those in their videos, what should be the legal recourse when content is found on their site(s) of children, teens and adults being raped or sexually violated? What might be the motives of porn companies who fail to verify the age of those accessing their sites? The industry produces abusive and exploitative content—how does this conflict with achieving genuine equality and validating the experiences of sexual abuse victims, particularly women? This petition is well overdue. It is quite astounding that an industry as big as porn continues to evade the most basic principles that underpin human freedoms as outlined by the World Association of Sexual Health Declaration of Sexual Rights (#5): The right to be free from all forms of violence and coercion.”Liz Walker Founder, Youth Well-being Project
About the Petition
In the last few months, there have been several shocking cases of sex trafficking and child rape films that were hosted on Pornhub. A 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year was finally found after her mother was tipped off that her daughter was being featured in videos on the site — 58 such videos of her rape and sexual abuse were discovered on Pornhub.
Her trafficker, who was seen in the videos raping the child, was identified using surveillance footage of him at a 7-Eleven where he was spotted with his victim. He is now facing a felony charge.
In February 2020, the BBC reported the harrowing story of 14-year-old Rose Kalemba from Ohio who was taken at knifepoint, raped for 12 hours, and the crime scene videos of her abuse were uploaded to Pornhub. Rose said that she pleaded with Pornhub to remove the videos of her rape and torture for months, and it wasn't until she posed as a lawyer and threatened legal action that Pornhub finally took them down.
These are not isolated cases. In 2019 the Internet Watch Foundation stated that it alone had confirmed 118 cases of child rape and sexual abuse on Pornhub—half of the videos were Category A level abuse, which includes penetration and sadism.
Likewise, the Sunday Times investigation into Pornhub reported finding "dozens" of illegal abuse videos within "minutes", including abuse images of children as young as three years old. Some of the videos identified by the newspaper's investigation "had 350,000 views and had been on the platform for more than three years." It went on to say "three of the worst clips still remained on the site 24 hours later."
Also in recent news was the case of 22 women who were deceived and coerced by Michael Pratt, owner of GirlsDoPorn, into performing sex acts on film that were subsequently uploaded to Pornhub. These women sued GirlsDoPorn and won a $12.7 million lawsuit against the company. According to a federal indictment, Pratt and his co-conspirators produced filmed child rape and sexual abuse content and trafficked a minor. Pratt reportedly fled the United States for New Zealand and is currently wanted on a federal warrant.
But there are other individuals who should also be wanted by law enforcement — CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo of Mindgeek, the company that owns Pornhub.
Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet it has no system in place to verify reliably the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content it hosts and profits from.
In fact, all that is needed to upload pornography onto Pornhub is an email address. No government-issued ID is required, not even to become “verified” with its trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK.
I know this, because I tried it.
It took me under 10 minutes to create a user account and upload blank test content to the site, which went live instantly. I could have then gone on to become Pornhub-verified, and all I would need to do is send a photo of myself holding a paper with my username. That’s it.
It is no surprise that Pornhub admitted to verifying the trafficked 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused in 58 videos on its site. The official Twitter account for Pornhub wrote in response to the breaking story that the 15-year-old girl had been a verified member. After quickly realizing it had just admitted to assisting in her being trafficked, the account deleted the tweets, but the evidence of the admission was cached and still exists.
One of the most-searched terms on Pornhub is “teen” pornography, in fact it has been a top search term on the site for years. The search will result in videos that are constantly being added faster than any individual could watch them. Many feature girls who look 13 years old at best — girls with braces, pigtails, flat chests, no makeup, extremely young faces, holding teddy bears and licking lollipops, all while being aggressively penetrated. A quick search for the word “teen” turns up titles such as “Young Girl Tricked,” “Innocent Brace Faced Tiny Teen F---ed,” “Tiny Petite Thai Teen,” “Teen Little Girl First Time,” on and on ad infinitum.
Pornhub has no reliable system in place to verify that those in the videos it hosts are not trafficked children being raped on film in order to line the pockets of its executives.
What all of this means is that at this very moment, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex trafficking victims on Pornhub. We already have evidence, and it is just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executives behind it accountable.
The Traffickinghub campaign is a non-religious, non-partisan effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex trafficking and exploitation of women and minors. The campaign is supported by over 100 child protection and anti-trafficking organizations as well as experts on and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
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Rose Kalemba, 14yr old raped and videos uploaded to Pornhub for months. MEAWW
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