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Pornhub accused of profiting from sex trafficking, rape and revenge videos

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Pornhub is facing a fiery lawsuit after profiting from videos showing rape, people who had been forced into creating explicit content and revenge porn.

As many as 34 women have already came forward with the claims that they ended up on the porn website without their consent in videos that included sexual abuse, revenge porn and videos of them when they were underage.

The federal lawsuit alleges that the X-rated video site actively profits from the exploitation of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

Attorney Michael Bowe wrote in the 179-page complaint: “This is a case about rape, not pornography."

Bowe went on to accuse the brand's parent company Mindgeek of failing to do enough to police non-consensual content, the New York Post reports.

The stories of the 34 women, who came from all over the US, as well as the UK, Colombia and Thailand allegedly include a woman filmed in a private video later made public without her consent and a woman who was raped while unconscious and never even knew the incident was filmed.

Women who tried to get videos removed faced great difficulties and pushback from the company which is run predominantly by men, the suit alleges.

It also claims that one victim who lawyered up disappeared after receiving threats, with only a mysterious text from an alleged friend to her attorney saying she was injured and in a coma.

And a reporter who wrote porn industry exposes was threatened and now carries a gun at all times.

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Pornhub hit back with a statement to the New York Post, calling the attorney a “soldier of the ultra-right-wing effort to shut down the adult content industry."

“The allegations in today’s complaint that Pornhub is a criminal enterprise that traffics women and is run like ‘The Sopranos’ are utterly absurd, completely reckless and categorically false," they added.

“We stand resolutely with all victims of internet-related abuse,” the company’s statement went on.

“Pornhub takes every complaint regarding the abuse of its platform seriously, including those of the plaintiffs in this case.”

The company also said they have now banned uploads from unverified users and has expanded its moderation processes.

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