Petition to shut down Pornhub over alleged sex trafficking surpasses 1 million signatures

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 10th, 2020 4:17 pm

A petition calling for the immediate disbanding of the world's largest pornography website Pornhub for allegedly profiting off sex trafficking has surpassed 1 million signatures.

Exodus Cry, a non-religious and nonpartisan anti-trafficking group, launched a "Traffickinghub" petition in an effort to have Pornhub permanently shut down for hosting "sex trafficking and child rape films."

"Pornhub, the world's largest and most popular porn site, has been repeatedly caught enabling, hosting, and profiting from videos of child rape, sex trafficking, and other forms of non-consensual content exploiting women and minors," said Laila Mickelwait, the director of abolition at Exodus Cry.

Mickelwait criticized the platform's lack of accountability in regard to the type of content it allows users to upload to the site.

"All it takes to upload content to Pornhub is an email address — no government-issued ID is required," she said in a statement released Tuesday. "Pornhub doesn't bother to reliably verify the age or the consent of the millions featured in the videos it hosts and profits from, yet it monetizes those videos with no questions asked."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition has amassed more than 1,015,000 signatures and has been endorsed by approximately 300 human rights groups around the world.


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