There is a side of the pornography industry that is rarely talked about, but it is one that horrifies. The largest pornography website, which receives more than 3.5 billion monthly hits, is infested with videos of rape and child sexual abuse.

In an article published by the New York Times in 2020, columnist Nicolas Kistof tells how the Pornhub platform is far from being a lawful business, since part of its millionaire revenues come from the monetization of content where serious sexual crimes are committed in the face of its complicit silence.  

Among the sea of videos on the website, considered the tenth most visited in the world, Pornhub monetizes rape, child abuse, hidden cameras, sex trafficking, misogyny and murder.

Kistof also mentions that the platform allows users to upload their videos, and many times it is the perpetrators of sex crimes themselves who post them. 

In addition, Pornhub allows these videos to be downloaded directly from its website, so even if a content is reported and removed from the page, not only does it remain in the possession of anyone who downloaded it, but it can be uploaded again.

The Times article reveals two cases of American girls whose sexual assaults were posted on Pornhub, and in neither case was it reported by the website.

One of the girls, a 15-year-old girl who had gone missing in Florida, was found by her mother in 58 sex videos uploaded to the porn platform. 

While the case of a 14-year-old girl from California, who appeared in several videos, was reported to the authorities by a schoolmate who found them on the platform by chance. This even shows that any child has access to Pornhub without any barriers, which raises yet another concern.

Of course, there are even worse cases, and all of them under the voluntary silence of Pornhub, which in part swells its assets with the suffering of many innocent people, despite having claimed to be a caring company, which even donates money to social causes. 

While there is much concern about Pornhub in various quarters, the company has failed to commit to ending the aberrant content on its site, which continually brings in pedophiles and depraved people, and fuels trafficking. 

A petition to shut down the site, with more than 2 million signatures, was one of the measures implemented. Another came from PayPal, which cut off its services to the company.

Meanwhile, a global organization called Traffickinghub, founded and led by activist Laila Mickelwait, documents the abuses and has been calling for the site to be shut down. 

Pornhub is owned by Mindgeek, a private pornography conglomerate with more than 100 websites, production companies, which not only encourage trafficking and sexual exploitation, but also benefit financially from it. 

“Mindgeek’s moderators are charged with filtering out videos of children, but its business model profits from sex videos starring young people,” Kistof said in his article, but as he said, a former Mindgeek employee assured him that “The goal for a content moderator is to let as much content as possible go through,” to maximize revenue.

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