Man Who Coerced Women Into Filming Porn Sentenced to 20 Years for Human Trafficking

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This week, a recruiter for the pornography website GirlsDoPorn was sentenced to twenty years behind bars for illegally coercing women into filming pornographic videos and then lying to them about how the content would be distributed.

Ruben Garcia pled guilty in December to human trafficking for a scheme he conducted along with the co-owners of the site, Michael Pratt and Matthew Wolfe, to coerce unsuspecting young women into filming explicit content, the New York Daily News reports.

Wolfe is awaiting trial while Pratt is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

As the Justice Department detailed in a press release, the men lured young women into what was portrayed as a regular modeling job, only to entrap them once they were on set.

The men also lied to the girls and told them the films would never be distributed on the internet, which was always their sole intent. They also forced their victims to sign contracts that stated they were not coerced into filming the videos when that was exactly what was happening. This proved that these depraved schemers knew exactly what they were doing was illegal.

Garcia most frequently appeared as the male actor in the films, but his face rarely appeared on camera.

In January of 2020, the three men were ordered to pay out $13 million to the victims following a civil trial.

One of the victims who testified in that trial said that she’d considered suicide after friends, family members, and acquaintances became aware of the video she’d been lured into filming.

“This defendant lured one victim after another with fake modeling ads, false promises and deceptive front companies, ultimately devolving to threats to coerce these women into making sex videos,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman.

“Even when victims told Garcia how the scheme had devastated their lives, he showed no regard for their well-being. The crime was utterly callous in nature and there is no excuse or justification for his conduct, which was driven purely by greed. The harm inflicted by this defendant will last a lifetime for his victims. Hopefully today’s sentence will offer them a sense of justice.”

This is a major victory for the victims of human trafficking but only serves to underscore just how depraved the pornography industry is. While Garcia and Wolfe are being held accountable for their actions, Wolfe is still in hiding.

And how many more like them are out there, exploiting their victims for a profit? How many more victims of trafficking have yet to be vindicated or even rescued from their unthinkable bondage?

This should highlight just how serious this crisis is, and how much more needs to be done.

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