Girls Do Porn Now?
GirlsDoPorn, an American pornographic website that operated from 2009 until 2020, faced legal troubles in its later years. In October and November 2019, six individuals associated with the website were charged with sex trafficking offenses, including force, fraud, and coercion.
Subsequently, in December 2019, two more individuals faced charges related to obstruction of sex trafficking enforcement. The legal action gained momentum as 22 victims won a civil case against the company, leading to the removal of the website in January 2020.
The United States Department of Justice reported that Girls Do Porn and its sister site, Girls Do Toys, collectively generated over $17 million in revenue. Videos from GirlsDoPorn were not limited to its location but also featured on popular adult content platforms such as Pornhub. The channel reached the top 20 most viewed with an estimated 680 million views.
Based in San Diego, California, Girls Do Porn produced content like a ‘casting couch,’ often featuring women without prior experience as professional adult actors. In 2016, a lawsuit involving 22 plaintiffs accused co-owners Michael Pratt and Matthew Wolfe, both New Zealand nationals, along with pornographic actor Andre Garcia, of intentional misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, unlawful business practices, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In January 2020, the plaintiffs were awarded damages amounting to $12.775 million and ownership rights to the videos in which they appeared. However, as of February 2022, they had not received any financial compensation.
Allegations against GirlsDoPorn detailed in lawsuits and testimonies reveal deceptive practices. Women responding to fake modeling ads on Craigslist were connected with “reference girls” who falsely claimed positive experiences with the company. Participants were promised payment ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 for a 30-minute on-camera sexual encounter. Assurances were given that the videos would not be released online or in the United States but sold exclusively on DVDs to private buyers or independent video stores in Australia, New Zealand, or South America.
Upon arrival in San Diego, participants were made to sign contracts that omitted the name “GirlsDoPorn.” The Department of Justice reported instances of sexual assault and, in at least one case, rape. Filming sessions, lasting up to seven hours, often did not fulfill financial promises, with approximately 50% of women reportedly not receiving the agreed-upon amounts. The legal battles and testimonies shed light on the exploitative and deceptive practices that occurred within the confines of GirlsDoPorn.