Child sexual abuse, trafficking, rape: the global push to shut down Pornhub

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The organisation that started a petition to have Pornhub shut down says boys and girls as young as seven are being raped, sometimes trafficked, and the videos of their abuse are being watched millions of times.

Laila Mickelwait said her non-profit's appeal is not about being anti-porn, but rather putting an end to the trafficking and sexual abuse of children that she says Pornhub is complicit in when it allows such videos to be uploaded onto its site.

American-based Mickelwait is the Director of women's rights group Exodus Cry, which launched the petition earlier this month. It has since been signed more than 300,000 times and she expects it to reach one million.

Since the website’s establishment in 2007, Pornhub is one of the most accessed pornography websites around the globe. Searching "young girl" or "barely legal" on the website brings up hundreds of videos of girls with braces, pigtails and some who have no breasts or hips -- suggesting they are prepubescent.

"'Teen porn' has been a top 10 searched term on Pornhub for years in a row," Mickelwait told 10 daily.

"When you look at the 'teen' genre what you will find is girls that look 13 at best holding teddy bears and licking lollipops while they are being aggressively penetrated by older men."

According to the petition, videos of children being raped or sexualised can be uploaded onto Pornhub too easily without proper verification and checks in place.

Mickelwait says the website, which gets 42 billion views a year,  needs to be held accountable for "hundreds" of alleged videos of underage sex trafficking victims that appear on the site.

"Today I spoke with the [British] Internet Watch Foundation that investigated and confirmed over 100 cases of children being sexually abused on Pornhub. Child sexual abuse is rampant on the website because they allow child abusers, traffickers and rapists to upload content instantly and anonymously," she said.

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Petition started by Laila Mickelwait of Exodus Cry. To get up to the minute updates on the progress of this initiative follow Laila Mickelwait on Twitter. Learn more about the campaign at

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