The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has spoken out after a producer of popular porn website GirlsDoPorn was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

NCOSE, the leading national non-partisan organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography, stated that it was “grateful that survivors have received a measure of justice” with the 20-year prison sentence given to the former GirlsDoPorn Producer Andre Garcia yesterday for sex trafficking.

“We hope that this sentence brings a measure of justice for those who were sex trafficked by Andre Garcia and GirlsDoPorn and who courageously fought for this legal victory,” said Benjamin Bull, general counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“This reprehensible crime shows the horrible reality of the pornography industry, which is rife with abuse and coercion. Even Garcia acknowledged this in his court testimony, when he called the pornography industry ‘an evil business.’”

“This legal victory also strikes at the heart of the pornography industry’s claim that ‘verified’ content is safe and has the consent of the performers. GirlsDoPorn content was promoted as a ‘verified’ partner of Pornhub, but the harrowing testimony from these GirlsDoPorn survivors and their mounting legal victories prove that the pornography industry is not and cannot ever be safe. The pornography industry is a predatory and exploitative business.”

In January 2020, 22 survivors of GirlsDoPorn’s crimes of sexual abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking were awarded $12.7 million after a civil lawsuit was decided in their favor. Garcia was one of several men and women behind GirlsDoPorn who also faced federal sex trafficking charges for their actions.

The original civil lawsuit and the federal criminal charges were related to the way that GirlsDoPorn groomed victims using false pretenses, trapped victims in hotel rooms, manipulated and threatened victims into signing contracts and making videos, and lied to victims about how said videos would be distributed and their anonymity protected.

The Girls Do Porn company uploaded the exploitive videos to Pornhub, which monetized them, profiting from their victimization. Over 40 Girls Do Porn survivors have filed a lawsuit against Pornhub for its role in further exploiting them by refusing to remove their coerced videos.

last year, the government of Thailand officially banned porn sharing site Pornhub after they said that the website violates the country’s Computer Crimes Act.

Across the country, site visitors were greeted with a notice of suspension noting the violation from Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. Puttipong Punnakanta referenced other countries that have banned the website and to organized groups asking for it to be shut down because the site supports human trafficking and demeans women.

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