MindGeek Executives Testify Before Canadian Ethics Committee Over Allegations of Child Sex Abuse, Rape, and Sex Trafficking on Pornhub

MindGeek Canada Managing Director Feras Antoon appears on a screen during a sound check as he waits to appear virtually before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Friday, February 5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MindGeek executives David Marmorstein Tassillo and Feras Antoon testified in front of Canada’s federal ethics committee Friday over allegations of child pornography hosted on their flagship website, Pornhub.

“We’re trying to create a safe environment for people to consume adult content, and we understand there are people out there that are trying to misuse these platforms,” said Tassillo, who responded to questioning for two hours on Friday.

On Monday, a young woman testified that she fell into a spiral of depression, drug use and self-harm after giving in to her boyfriend’s demands that she send him a naked video of herself when she was in grade 7.

The woman, Serena Fleites, alleged her boyfriend at the time pressured her to copy a video he had sent her from Pornhub, which showed a woman undressing “and showing herself off to the camera.”

“I told him I wasn’t really comfortable, so he continued to ask me every night after we got back from school,” she claimed. “I would always tell him ‘no.'”

According to her testimony, her then-boyfriend told her “if you truly love me, you’d send me something like that,” and threatened to leave her. Under pressure, she sent him the video.

“He sent it to his friends, who sent it to their friends, who sent it to their friends.”

She says she changed schools weeks later, only to have a new classmate send her a link to the video. It had been uploaded to Pornhub under the title “13-year-old brunette shows off for the camera,” she alleged.

She said her grades plummeted, she became depressed, and she began to use drugs.

She claimed she reached out to Pornhub, pretending to be her own mother, to request the video be taken down.

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SOURCE: CTV News, Luca Caruso-Moro

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