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Pornhub Reportedly Profits from Nonconsensual Videos and Real Rape Tapes—Here are the Latest Examples

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It’s no secret that Pornhub is one of the biggest free porn sites in the world. But what is lesser-known is exactly what kind of illicit and illegal videos this porn giant profits from.

The site has been in the news recently for a range of reasons, but not for the reasons you  might expect—they’ve gotten press from Kanye West’s porn habit confession to their “conservation efforts.”

In recent history, the tube-site has tagged their name to charitable efforts like planting trees, saving bees, and now cleaning up the ocean. Pornhub’s latest “Dirtiest Porn Ever” campaign asks consumers to watch an explicit video filmed on a garbage littered beach, and in return, this free porn website—one of the largest in the world—will donate to a plastic waste recycler. (The donation is an undisclosed sum. Chances are it’s similar to their “Save the Whales” stunt when they donated a penny for every 2K views. That’s $50 for 10 million views, in case you’re curious.)

Related: The Disturbing Irony Behind Pornhub’s “Anti-Domestic Violence” Campaign

Cleaning up the environment is no joke, but doing it under the guise of promoting a product with known harmful effects is virtue signaling at its finest. Pick up a trash bag and ditch the porn, we say.

Many people have praised Pornhub’s efforts to clean up one beach, but it doesn’t begin to make up for their abusive and downright illegal business practices. Story after story in recent news has also shown how tube sites like Pornhub profit from nonconsensual videos—including real rape videos, secret filming, revenge porn, upskirting, stolen videos, and child abuse videos of a trafficked teen.

And if you’re into Twitter threads, we’ve got one that compiles all of the following info:

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The latest cases of illicit material on this massive porn site

Brace yourselves for a depressing list of the nonconsensual videos found on Pornhub in just the past weeks alone.

Videos of underage trafficking victims

In the last couple of weeks, a sex-trafficked 15-year-old girl has been found after a year of being missing after her mother reported to the police 58 videos of the girl being raped by her trafficker and other sex buyers on Pornhub.

“Police investigated and discovered nearly 60 pornographic videos of the Sunrise girl posted on Periscope, Pornhub, Modelhub, Snapchat and other websites, according to an arrest report,” reported the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Christopher Johnson, the 30-year-old man arrested at the time of the girl’s rescue, denies raping the girl—legally, she cannot consent to sex, so it’s rape—despite his appearance in the videos. The rape tapes that showed Johnson assaulting her were filmed inside his apartment, the girl told the police.

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Even though these crimes are both child pornography and sex trafficking, there has been no word on whether the videos have been removed from the platform.

Johnson, who denies having sex with the teen, is being held on $75,000 bond at a Broward Country jail. The 30-year-old was charged with felony lewd or lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 16.

Videos of trafficked plaintiffs in the pending “Girls Do Porn” case

At last, Pornhub has removed the official Girls Do Porn Pornhub channel. Despite complaints and a lawsuit against the production company, including a case put forward by 22 victims suing Girls Do Porn for forcing them to perform porn, the decision to remove the original uploads from Pornhub and affiliate site YouPorn only came after the owners were arrested and federally charged with sex trafficking.

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The victims of Girls Do Porn say that the videos on Pornhub resulted in them being doxed, and even though the originals have been removed, dozens of copies of individual videos are still scattered across the tube sites.

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Nonconsensual hidden cam videos of university student locker rooms

A completely different collection of nonconsensual videos on Pornhub was discovered recently in a case of five different women’s sports teams who were secretly filmed in the locker rooms at Limestone College in South Carolina. Hidden cam videos of at least five different women’s teams showering and changing in the locker rooms were uploaded over the course of a year, according to reports.

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Pornhub eventually removed the originally uploaded videos after they were reported and the police got involved, but as in all of these stories, removing the original doesn’t erase all existence of the videos online. They are still being re-uploaded either to Pornhub or affiliate porn sites, or both.

And consider how there’s no way for victims of hidden camera videos to know to look for these videos to report them—they were viewed thousands of times before being taken down.

Revenge porn and image-based abuse

A recent story from the UK movement #NotYourPorn revealed that Pornhub is not always compliant in cases of image-based sexual abuse.

One woman found videos of herself on the porn site and went to the police. Her ex-boyfriend secretly filmed their intimate moments and uploaded them to the website, and according to the police, they already had a case against this man. But in order to progress toward a conviction, the police required a statement from the tube-site describing the nature of the platform and the uploading process. After multiple attempts by police to get a statement, Pornhub failed to comply, resulting in the woman’s case falling through. The private images are still on the site, being viewed by thousands.

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And if you think that these issues are too recent for Pornhub to address, and they deserve a break because they need time to react to this content being reported, you’re about to be disappointed.

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Hidden cam rape tapes of a convicted rapist from years ago

There are rape tapes on the platform even today from over 5 years ago, depicting the assault of twenty women from a convicted rapist who was imprisoned years ago in a highly publicized case.

Taiwanese socialite and playboy, Justin Lee, was convicted of raping 20 women and secretly videotaping his abuse. Justin Lee was arrested in 2012, sentenced to nearly 80 years in prison, but his case has popped up again as it was confirmed that Lee’s illegal videos can still be found online at—where else?—Pornhub.

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These videos that depict real sexual assaults from a public case that closed years ago have amassed tens of thousands of views, even today, and are easily findable with simple keyword searches. There should be no reason why these videos should remain on the tube site.

Giant brands are finally starting to stop their business with Pornhub

A few huge consumer brands have announced that they will no longer advertise on Pornhub, given the unflattering recent reports.

Unilever, who owns brands like Axe and Dove, hosted a campaign for their razor delivery company Dollar Shave Club on the porn platform, and Kraft Heinz previously took over Pornhub’s homepage for a day to advertise their frozen food brand under the justification that #foodporn is a “cultural phenomenon.” Classy.

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After an investigation by the Sunday Times newspaper, revealing dozens of examples of illegal content on Pornhub—some of which we listed above—both conglomerates have distanced themselves from the porn website to avoid normalizing a brand that hosts child pornography and illicit material. We hope other big brands follow suit.

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Pornhub’s hands-off approach to illicit content

In response to each of these stories, Pornhub has been all talk and no action with statements saying the site “strongly condemn[s] nonconsensual content,” and that content violating the platform’s Terms of Service is removed as soon as Pornhub is made aware of it.

But that’s exactly the problem.

This is a very hands-off approach, which works well for the platform that doesn’t want to be accused of censorship. But it leaves the responsibility to the average user—who often may especially enjoy the illegal or secret nature of the content in question—or the victims who stumble upon their own stolen images by pure chance to file reports. Either option doesn’t work.

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Considering that in 2018 alone, 1 million hours of video were uploaded to the site, a nonconsensual clip could be online for years and viewed by millions of people until a victim finds it.

As we’ve seen in recent news stories, Pornhub can be convinced to remove original videos, but it’s constantly an uphill battle. This isn’t enough. The download feature on free tube sites makes it easy for anyone to save a video or image, so when Pornhub removes an original, copies are almost always uploaded in their place.

Let’s imagine for a moment that porn sites like Pornhub grew a conscience overnight. What could Pornhub do if they decided they were serious about addressing image-based sexual abuse and illicit images on their platform?

“Flagging is not the answer,” says Nate Glass, president of Takedown Piracy. His suggestion is for sites to consider the best technology paired together with human moderators. Consider that Kate Isaacs from the #NotYourPorn movement revealed that Pornhub reportedly has an unthinkably small number of content moderators: six.

Related: This Guy Is Suing Pornhub For Using His Photo On Their Site Without His Permission

Compare that with the roughly 15,000 employed by Facebook. No, social media certainly isn’t the gold standard given the unique porn epidemic on each platform, but it’s better and more proactive than single digits.

But even with moderators and unique hashing technology used by child porn detectives that can keep illicit and nonconsensual images from being uploaded, it still isn’t enough to address the fundamental, core issues of Pornhub and sites like it.

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Abusive images are not a genre

Here’s the bottom line: Pornhub and other massive porn tube sites like it make money off of nonconsensual images and videos. This is a fact, just look at the handful of stories above, and this is seemingly without any plan to truly address the issue and stop doing so anytime soon.

Instead of addressing potentially illegally uploaded content, the site will turn it into a genre like “leaked sex tapes” or even more obvious, “revenge porn.” These terms start trending or driving traffic and clicks, which leads to more advertising revenue and even more user content uploaded to the site. It’s a cycle that they don’t seem to have a true interest in breaking.

Of course, not every video in these categories are stolen videos, though. Production studios and amateur porn performers follow trends on Pornhub. They are working for consumer eyeballs, too. If “stolen teen Snapchat videos” is getting a lot of attention, they may create a scene to mimic the authentic videos. But the problem is, it becomes all the more difficult to determine what’s legit and what isn’t—these professionally-produced videos make it difficult to identify illegal content while also encouraging consumer appetites to want more.

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If Pornhub were serious about image-based sexual abuse, they would work to prevent these kinds of images from being uploaded in the first place. The technology is out there, and yet it hasn’t been implemented.

Despite all the press the porn site has gotten for potentially donating $100 or so to clean up a single dirty beach, Pornhub is not deserving of praise for their “charitable” causes.

In fact, the only press Pornhub should be getting should be to shine a light on the trafficking victims, image-based abuse victims, hidden camera victims, and sexual assault victims whose abuse is displayed prominently on the tube site and profited from daily.

Join us in refusing to click, and spreading the word that Pornhub is doing anything but charity to society.

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