9 Women Are Suing Pornhub After A Man Filmed Them Naked In A Locker Room And Profited Off The Videos, Petition To Shut Down The Website Has Over 2 Million Signatures

A petition to shut down Pornhub now has over two million signatures. In June 2022, nine women filed a lawsuit against the media giant for allegedly promoting nonconsensual nude recordings of them on the site.

By Nicole Dominique2 min read
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A lawsuit in South Carolina was filed last year by the nine women filmed naked via spy cameras in a locker room. The man who set up the recordings uploaded the videos to Pornhub and profited from them. 

According to the suit, "Collins Murphy ('Murphy') intentionally placed a hidden 'spy camera' in a locker room" and alleges it was "for the purpose of surreptitiously filming the Plaintiffs and other women in all stages of undress, and then uploading the video footage to one or more websites controlled by Co-Defendants." One of the co-defendants is MindGeek, an IT company that owns some of the largest pornographic websites in the world, including Pornhub.

The suit states there's an additional case on the negligence of Murphy. The perpetrator was hired for a position that allowed him to complete the nonconsensual filming of the women – despite there being similar allegations against him before getting hired, according to court documents. 

Pornhub continued to promote the search term "hidden camera" in its "trending searches" category and enabled viewers to download videos of child sexual abuse and sex trafficking content. "MindGeek’s websites also included a download button to allow for the transfer of images and videos, including child sexual abuse material, allowing an undisclosed number of child pornographers, sex traffickers, and pedophiles permanent access to and control over the material. In this way, MindGeek will distribute content – including child pornography – to anyone," the file says. 

Another pending case was filed against Pornhub by a woman named Serena Fleites in July 2022. Fleites alleges the website monetized a naked video of her when she was only 14 years old, sending her into a spiral of suicide attempts and homelessness. These announcements come as no surprise – many sex trafficking and child abuse victims have come forward with similar stories. 

Now, a petition to shut down Pornhub and hold its executives accountable "for aiding trafficking" has received over two million signatures. The movement was started by Laila Mickelwait on Traffickinghub, "a decentralized global movement of individuals, survivors, organizations and advocates from across a broad spectrum of political, faith and non-faith, economic, and ideological backgrounds, all uniting together for the single purpose of shutting down Pornhub and holding its executives accountable for enabling, distributing and profiting from rape, child abuse, sex trafficking and criminal image based sexual abuse."

The petition is addressed to the "U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. State Department, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Canadian Minister of Justice Sonia LeBel, U.S Congressman Chris Smith, U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, U.S Congressman Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Canadian Attorney General David Lametti."

If you want to help shut down Pornhub – and hold its executives liable for their horrifying actions – you can sign the petition here. 

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