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Pornhub Sued By Several Women

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Popular internet pornography website, Pornhub and parent company Mindgeek has been sued by over three dozen women for profiting from footage depicting rape, sexual exploitation and other nonconsensual sexual content including minors.

Brown Rudnick LLP, an international law firm that launched the lawsuit in the U.S. against MindGeek on behalf of 30 victims of child pornography, rape and human trafficking alleged Pornhub to be a "classic criminal enterprise" with a business structure created to monetize nonconsensual sexual content. However, Pornhub has denied the allegations, calling it "utterly absurd, completely reckless and categorically false". The company added that "it has zero tolerance for illegal content and investigates any complaint or allegation made about content on our platforms." The company continued by stating that "the most comprehensive safeguards in user-generated platform history, which include the banning of uploads from unverified users".

On the other hand, Brown Rudnick LLP has stated that it is seeking damages for the effect of the exploitation on the alleged victims and is also demanding policies that ensure only consensual videos are uploaded to the site. "Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the complaint alleges that Pornhub and MindGeek knowingly profited from videos depicting rape, child sexual exploitation, revenge porn, trafficking, and other non-consensual sexual content,'' a statement from Rudnick Brown LLP reads.

"Brown Rudnick is seeking damages for the devastation this exploitation has caused these victims, [and] protection for them and thousands of other victims from further exploitation.''

MindGeek, with close to 100 pornographic sites, including Pornhub, RedTube, Tube8 and YouPorn, draws over 200 million visitors a day, and generates $5000 million in annual revenue, according to the company.