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Watchdog group remains bulldog in anti-porn push

Watchdog group remains bulldog in anti-porn push


Watchdog group remains bulldog in anti-porn push

A purveyor of pornography is feeling the pressure, from the public and from legal circles, to address shameful exploitation from its profiteering.

The primary target has been Mind Geek, which owns Porn Hub and subsidiary web sites that bring in millions of dollars in revenue.

Pansy Watson, an attorney for National Center on Sexual Exploitation, says the problem is the company allows anybody without discretion to upload any videos they want which includes videos depicting sexual abuse of children.

“In addition to that there are a number of videos that include trafficking victims,” Watson advises, “victims who have not consented to be videoed and did not know that they were being videoed, and assault victims. Recordings of their assaults were uploaded onto the site.”

When it became known late last year, Mind Geek supposedly made changes to make sure videos were blocked but Watson says that hasn't happened.

“The number of videos that get uploaded are wildly disproportionate to the number of moderators available to screen them,” the National Center attorney explains. “So despite their claims, and even despite them having taken down a number of videos, there is still a substantial amount of this content on their sites.”

Mind Geek has announced that XTube, which had nearly 11 million visits in May alone, will cease operating in September.