Activist Says Pornhub Must be Shut Down Amid Instances of Child Rape and Sex Trafficking Appearing on Website

The time to shut down the largest online streaming site for porn is now, some say, particularly in light of how children being raped and trafficked have shown up on the platform.

In an Sunday op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Laila Mickelwait, director of abolition of the prostitution abolitionist organization Exodus Cry, documented several instances in the past few months where sex trafficking and child rape films have been hosted on Pornhub, a video streaming website that receives tens of millions of views every day.

One such case was that of a 15-year-old girl who had been missing for a year and was finally found after her mother was alerted that she was featured in 58 videos on Pornhub. Her trafficker was seen in the videos of her being raped and is now facing a felony charge, she noted.

The site is complicit in the most horrific crimes and profiting off of them, Mickelwait argued.

“Pornhub is generating millions in advertising and membership revenue with 42 billion visits and 6 million videos uploaded per year. Yet they have no system in place to reliably verify the age or consent of those featured in the pornographic content they host,” she stressed.

“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 their trusty blue checkmark that makes everything seem a-OK.”

The activist tried this herself, and it only took her 10 minutes to create an account and upload blank test content to the site, which instantly went live.

Given the lack of age-verification mechanisms and other relevant safeguards, Mickelwait believes that there could be thousands of other minor trafficking victims on Pornhub as videos of their rapes remain on the site.

“It’s time to shut down super-predator site Pornhub and hold the executive megapimps behind it accountable,” she asserted.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter