Pioneering Lawsuit Against Applauded by National Center on Sexual Exploitation

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Business Model Lures Young Women with False Promises and Must Be Exposed

Washington, D.C. – As a civil lawsuit filed by 22 women against pornographic website GirlsDoPorn got underway in San Diego Superior Court last week, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds all 22 defendants, who have suffered job loss, psychological harm, and harassment as a result of a duplicitous scheme common in the porn industry.

“This pioneering lawsuit gives voice to young women manipulated and seduced into porn through intentional lies,” said Benjamin Bull, NCOSE general counsel. “It’s standard practice for pornography website owners and operators to profit from the destruction of young women.”

Lured to San Diego via Craigslist ads promising modeling gigs, the women were locked in high-end hotels, threatened into making videos, and assured images would not be distributed online or in the U.S. GirlsDoPorn’s owner, videographer, and recruiter are named in the suit, which outlines 14 causes of action including false promise, fraudulent concealment, imprisonment, sexual battery, and gender violence.

The lawsuit creates a template for an army of plaintiffs lawyers, who have previously remained on the side-lines,” Bull observed. “Only by aggressively engaging in litigation against the out-of-control porn industry manage to prevent the extensive and lifelong harm it causes.”

“On the heels of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, this lawsuit takes the #MeToo Movement to its next logical battleground: a war against Big Porn,” Bull added.

The Numbers


NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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