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Pornhub’s parent company admits it profited from sex trafficking

today 12/23/2023
Pornhub's parent company has admitted that it made a profit from sex trafficking by hosting adult videos featuring women who were coerced into performing sex acts on camera. As part of a deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors, the company, Aylo, will pay a $1.8 million fine and compensate the sex trafficking victims. While Aylo pleaded not guilty to engaging in unlawful monetary transactions involving sex trafficking proceeds, it acknowledged that illegal material was posted on its site and expressed regret over the matter. The government did not accuse Aylo of violating federal sex trafficking laws directly, but argued that the company should have known it was doing business with a group involved in sex trafficking. Aylo will be subject to monitoring for three years and charges against the company will be dropped if it complies with the agreement. Court documents reveal that Aylo received takedown requests from women who appeared in the videos as early as 2016, but failed to follow through with all of them or independently verify consent. Aylo's new management, which took over after the alleged incidents, expressed deep regret over hosting the content and stated that measures are now in place to prevent similar incidents in the future. The FBI criticized Aylo for not acting quickly enough to remove the videos and accused the company of prioritizing profit over the concerns of victims.
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