eSafety has come under fire from advocates and survivors after it published its Roadmap for Age Verification on Thursday which reveals it met with Pornhub's parent company MindGeek to discuss age verification.
Why was a criminal enterprise allowed to provide advice to eSafety Office on keeping kids safe online, ‘healthy sexual relationships’ and ‘consent’?
Mindgeek is the parent company of global porn dispenser Pornhub. It has been exposed for monetising sexual crime - enabling, distributing and profiting from child abuse, rape, sex trafficking and image-based abuse.
After being called before the Canadian Parliaments ethics committee, Pornhub removed 10m videos, credit card companies and other businesses cut ties, a number of execs resigned, social media platforms shut down its accounts and 194 victims sued Pornhub/Mindgeek in 8 individual and class actions.
BREAKING: Pornhub Exec Reveals Rapists & Traffickers Use Pornhub “Loophole” to “Make a Lot of Money”— Arden Young (@arden_young_) September 13, 2023
C-Suite won’t fix “They would lose a lot of money”
Says government doesn’t “know sh*t… not qualified to identify the loophole”#PornhubTapes pic.twitter.com/2TaUBbkAgr
And after all that, Australia’s Federal eSafety agency gives them a seat at the table? Did eSafety consider Pornhub's criminal history as hosts & profiteers of the sexual abuse of women and children when it invited Mindgeek to provide opinions on online safety?
The Australian government consulted with a porn company that failed to report a single case of child sexual abuse material for a DECADE about their opinions on child protection.— Haley McNamara (@HaleyMcNamara) September 2, 2023
Seems the fox advised the hen house needs no fence. 🤔 #ageverification @eSafetyOffice https://t.co/2lMUfCjscy
Yer the nation’s #onlinesafety agency charged w/ developing a roadmap for #ageverification to help protect kids from exposure to sadism, torture, rape + incest porn— LSKennedy (@LSKennedy5) September 1, 2023
Where do you turn?
To a mega pimp who aided+ profited from CSAM, rape, trafficking +IBA
Course. #traffickinghub https://t.co/zJCoSJMoLa
As we can see from this list there were many sex industry stakeholders invited to the table during the consultation process— Coralie Alison (@CoralieAlison) September 1, 2023
P*rnhub verified a 15 yr old who was missing for a year into their “ModelHub” program. She was found being raped in 58 videos. PH took 35% of the profit from her rape video sales.— Laila Mickelwait (@LailaMickelwait) February 21, 2023
Twitter recently suspended P*rnhub’s ModelHub account.
This art piece was inspired by her story. pic.twitter.com/aumsJLn9jZ
It's a sad day when governments prioritise Big P*rn over child protection. Have we learned nothing from the decades of institutional sexual abuse of children and how the people with power chose to look the other way? @AustralianLabor have chosen the wrong side of history here. https://t.co/AOPfi53sRE— Gemma Kelly (@GemmaTKelly) September 5, 2023
"Not only has our government put the profits of the porn industry ahead of the rights of children, we have now found out more as to why and who influenced them.
Sadly no surprises. Honestly, it is cause for utter despair that most of our media and politicians don't seem to care that criminal child exploiting corporations were given a seat at the table and consulted on how to protect children from pornography. The harmful content they make and willfully expose children to. The very companies who have profited from 'verified' videos of men sexually assaulting children. Watched millions of times. Let alone the non-consensual uploads and sexual assaults of adults (mostly women) on their websites." - Daniel Principe, Collective Shout Youth Advocate.
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