STATEMENT – Canadian Parliament Must Launch Criminal Investigation into MindGeek, Say Survivors and NGOs from 65 Countries
National Center on Sexual Exploitation Also Files Legal Brief Supporting Investigation
Washington, DC (March 1, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) joined a collective of 104 survivors of sexual exploitation and 525 NGOs from 65 countries in calling for a criminal investigation into MindGeek in a letter to the Canadian Parliament.
The NCOSE Law Center has also submitted a legal brief to the Canadian Ethics Committee supporting an investigation and outlining “how nonconsensual content on MindGeek websites is violating international legal norms against slavery and torture.”
“MindGeek has profited from rape, nonconsensual pornography, and child sexual abuse material for years, and it is time to open a criminal investigation to hold this company accountable,” said Dani Pinter, senior legal counsel for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
“The Canadian Parliament has already started to shed light into MindGeek’s practices in recent hearings. We know that Pornhub has refused to remove illegal content in a timely manner; the company does not even try to verify consent on Pornhub; it apparently stores a copy of all content on its servers, even child sexual abuse material (CSAM); and it turns out that MindGeek executives even claimed a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children but NCMEC says no such partnership exists. These issues are just the tip of the iceberg.
“The outcry from such an overwhelming number of survivors and organizations against MindGeek’s exploitative business model must be heard, and we are proud to stand with them. Survivors deserve justice and Canada has a unique opportunity to fully investigate MindGeek,” Pinter said.
About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national non-partisan organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography.