U.S. leadership so far silent re: Mind Geek

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

man using computer in dark roomAdvocates for a clean Internet are wondering when the U.S. will follow Canada's lead and investigate an online pornography giant that has profited from child sex abuse.

Dani Pinter, senior council for the National Council on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), tells One News Now testimony was recently heard by Parliament's Ethics Committee regarding Mind Geek, a Canadian pornography conglomerate that owns Pornhub.

"We have seen throughout this investigation, as well as the media coverage, that Mind Geek has profited from rape, non-consensual pornography, and even child sex abuse material, also known as child porn, for years on their website," Pinter explains.

NCOSE is now asking Parliament to conduct a criminal investigation and has written a letter asking government leaders to make that happen.

"It was signed by over 104 survivors and 520 NGOs (non-governmental organizations) from 65 countries, so this is a huge coalition of activists and survivors calling for this investigation," says Pinter.

Pinter

In America, however, neither Congress nor the Department of Justice has indicated plans to look into the criminal charges, even though criminal laws were broken by those who post the material online.

"Unfortunately, the United States is Mind Geek's number-one customer, and many of the victims are now suing in the U.S.," the NCOSE attorney relays. "We have victims here who are harmed by Mind Geek in the U.S., so we'd love to see the U.S. leadership on this."

NCOSE is representing one survivor in a class action lawsuit against the porn purveyors, and Pinter encourages any survivor who has been harmed by Mind Geek and Pornhub to contact her organization and join the court action.

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