Over a million signatories calling for the closure of Pornhub

Plus d’un million de signataires réclament la fermeture de Pornhub

More than one million people around the world have signed a petition calling for the closure of the pornographic website Pornhub, amid allegations of dissemination and hosting of videos showing victims of sex trafficking.

Pornhub, whose parent company Mindgeek is based in Montreal, was the subject of a protest in respect of these allegations at the international women’s Day on 8 march, in front of the offices of the company on the Decarie boulevard.

Other allegations contend that Pornhub “would promote and operate the sex trafficking and rape of women and children”, said on Wednesday, via press release, the organization’s california-based Exodus Cry, that fight against human trafficking.

Since its launch in February, the movement #Traffickinghub is on a roll and has collected over a million signatures from 192 countries calling for the disconnection of Pornhub. More than 300 organizations, also support this petition.

The instigator of the movement is the expert in the fight against human trafficking, Laila Mickelwait.

“To publish content in Pornhub just an email address, no proof of identity issued by a government is required,” explained Laila Mickelwait.

“Pornhub do not take the trouble to truly verify the age or consent of the millions of people who appear in the videos it hosts and which it profits, and yet the company derives revenue from those videos without asking questions. The site is designed to facilitate the operation and is littered with videos of real rape, trafficking, abuse and exploitation of women and children. We have evidence, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. It is necessary to close the platform,” she continued.

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