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June 29th, 2020
The One Video Pornhub Doesn’t Want You to See

How much damage can a two-minute video really do? Just ask a survivor of child rape. Or sex trafficking. Or revenge porn. Or any other form of non-consensual video content that has been monetized and made downloadable on Pornhub to its 115 million visitors per day. For most victims of the crime scenes featured on Pornhub, they've been scarred with lifelong trauma. The kind that takes years and years of...

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June 15th, 2020
The Article that Sparked the Traffickinghub Movement   

Before 2020's nationwide protests began to shake America, before worldwide coronavirus lockdowns changed the way we live, we published a 657-word op-ed in the Washington Examiner. The piece, written by Exodus Cry's Director of Abolition Laila Mickelwait, blows the whistle on Pornhub's exploitative practices and exposes the ways in which the world's largest porn site enables and profits from content featuring actual rape and sex trafficking. Immediately after this article...

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June 10th, 2020
Why a Million Signatures Is a Real Threat to Pornhub

One million. There's something about that number that carries a striking power—the kind you feel in your gut. It represents something massive. Something that cannot be ignored. Something that demands a response. This week, we celebrate the milestone of reaching one million signatures on our petition "Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking." To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest anti-trafficking petition ever—and it's...

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March 9th, 2020
Breaking: Canadian Parliament Members Urge Govt. to Address Pornhub Concerns

Yesterday, hundreds gathered in front of Pornhub/MindGeek headquarters—in Montreal, Canada—in protest, demanding that Pornhub be shut down for its complicity in the sex trafficking of women and minors. Just one day later, a group of Canadian Parliament Members and Senators, from three different parties, released this open letter to Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister. As one of Pornhub's primary headquarters is in Canada, these legislators are answering the global cry...

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October 23rd, 2019
Our Testimony to D.C. Council on Prostitution Bill

A few days ago the D.C. Council held a hearing to help decide whether or not they'll pass the Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, a deceptively named bill that would fully decriminalize the sex trade in that city. This would include not only the sale of sex, but buying sex, pimping, and brothel-keeping. During this very long day, the council listened to testimonies from the pro "sex...

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June 25th, 2019
An Open Letter to All Presidential Candidates

This letter by Rev. Dr. Marian Hatcher and Rebecca Bender was originally posted here. Dear Presidential Candidates, We, the undersigned survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking, have experienced years of abuse, violence, objectification, and dehumanization in the sex trade. We know first-hand the devastating harm and long-term trauma that happens as a result of being exploited in an industry predicated on racial, gender, and income inequality. We are aware that...

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May 31st, 2019
Benjamin Nolot’s (Literal) Abolition Dream

Our founder, Benjamin Nolot, recently had a deeply sobering dream, which he posted to social media soon afterwards. Through the overwhelmingly positive response and widespread exposure it has received, it’s clear that the message of the dream is really resonating with a lot of people. As such, we wanted to share it with our Exodus Cry community. In sharing this dream we aren’t attempting to make any claims about ourselves...

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May 9th, 2019
Our Letter to Sex Buyers (and One Man’s Response)

While in Moscow during the World Cup this past summer, we reached out to trafficked and sexually exploited women across the city. But, as the sex industry only exists due to male demand, we also reached out to sex buyers in hopes of inspiring change in their minds and hearts. We set up a fake ad online for a woman in prostitution and gathered the email addresses of many men...

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July 31st, 2018
Our Undercover Date with a Sex Buyer

Anya is a 22-year-old white Russian girl offering all kinds of “erotic services” in Moscow, whose ad could be found on an international escorting website. During the World Cup, sex buyers (aka “Johns”) scoured the internet looking for women they could purchase nearby. Many came across Anya’s ad and sent her a text. Here are two actual text exchanges between Anya and prospective sex buyers. Chat #1 Chat #2 But...

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July 17th, 2018
Police Raid Our Forest Outreach Location, Pimp Arrested

The forests in and around Moscow have become “outdoor brothels” where sex buyers flock to each night. With prostitution being illegal in Russia, these locations provide a veil of separation from the more visible city environment. As we shared in a previous post, men will often drive up in their cars to a parked van in a remote forest location. This van will be filled with women, many of whom...

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