Hundreds of victims involved in the non-consensual release of explicit videos online have been awarded video rights and millions of dollars in damages.
On Wednesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that all rights to videos and images produced by pornography organizations GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys are now awarded to the women who appear in the footage.
GirlsDoPorn (GDP) and GirlsDoToys (GDT) have been the subject of a sex trafficking case launched by US prosecutors.
Adult film actor and producer Ruben Andre Garcia admitted to participating in a scheme from roughly 2013 to October 2019 to use “force, fraud, and coercion” as tactics to make young women “engage in commercial sex acts,” according to the DoJ.
Originally, women responded to adverts for clothed modeling work and were then told they would be paid between $3,000 and $5,000 for one-day, anonymized adult video shoots.
Alongside Michael James Pratt, Matthew Isaac Wolfe, Theodore Wilfred Gyi, Valerie Moser, and others, Garcia lied to women — numbering in the hundreds in the US and Canada — promising that the videos produced would not be published online and their participation would be concealed.
However, US prosecutors say the defendants in the case knew these representations to be “false” and a conspiracy