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One of the 14 members of the lawsuit says pleas to stop filming due to pain or discomfort resulted in mistreatment. “During the [April 9, 2013] shoot Jane Doe No. 4 became scared and in extreme pain, so she asked Garcia and Wolfe to leave,” reads the lawsuit. “They told her she could not leave until they were finished. Garcia and Wolfe then reneged on their promise to pay...the $2,000 and only paid her $400. They also locked [her] out of the hotel room forcing her to find other hotel accommodations alone.”

Rise of amateur porn

In recent years the adult film industry has struggled to catch up to the growing popularity of amateur porn where the stars of the films are college-aged women, not heavily made-up, silicon-enhanced porn stars. The amateur videos have traded in the cheesy subplots, studio sets, and lighting for minimal camera crews, and in the case of girlsdoporn.com, an expensive hotel room.

The trend has resulted in lower budgets for films and high profits for amateur filmmakers.

In girlsdoporn.com’s case, the website requires members sign up and pay a $30-per-month subscription rate.

The profits are growing. The website is currently ranked as the 33,949th most visited website in the United States, and is ranked 65,544 worldwide, according to online metric website Alexa. From November to December 2016, the website had over 1.185 million visitors, 84,035 of which visited the site for the first time.

Also driving traffic is the popularity of large porn video sharing websites such as PornHub, where production companies can post condensed videos for free in hopes of leading to paying subscribers.

Offshore accounts, cartels, arms dealers

There are other incentives for having a smaller crew and decreased budget; the ease and ability to hide profits and money through offshore accounts.

According to girlsdoporn.com, Oh Well Media Limited is listed as its parent corporation. Oh Well Media Limited is headquartered in Port Vila, Vanuatu, a small archipelago located in the South Pacific a thousand miles from the coast of Australia. Over the course of the past several decades, Vanuatu has been become an offshore tax haven for tax evaders, home to thousands of shell companies.

But Oh Well Media Limited is not the only company to have listed girlsdoporn.com as one of its subsidiaries.

In 2011, the website listed GT Group Limited as its parent company and custodian of records. GT Group, also based in Vanuatu, was among the companies outlined in “the Panama papers,” millions of documents leaked online that revealed classified information of financial institutions and offshore accounts.

According to a 2011 article in the Sydney Morning Herald, several companies listed under GT Group’s umbrella were found to have connections to Mexican drug lords, arms-smuggling rings in Iran, lottery scams in the U.S., and Russian tax fraud.

Considered the “biggest money-laundering operation in U.S. history,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported that four shell companies under the GT Group had played a part in funneling a reported $378 billion in drug money for the Sinaloa drug cartel. U.S. drug enforcement officials uncovered the operation after finding large money transfers from a Mexican currency exchange to a Wachovia Bank in Miami.

Around the same time, another shell company under GT Group Limited shuffled billions in a Russian tax scam, the largest that country had ever seen.

Additional companies linked to the GT Group took part in smuggling weapons to Iran as well as lottery scams in the United States.

Oh Well Media Limited did not respond to requests for comment.

To regulate the unregulated

The number of amateur filmmakers who are intent on scouring the internet in hopes of finding young women willing to be filmed having sex has resulted in some calls for raising the age of consent in adult films.

Ronna Gradus and Jill Bauer

Ronna Gradus and Jill Bauer

In Hot Girls Wanted, filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus chronicle several women in Miami who, after finding ads on Craigslist, agree to star in adult films.

Bauer, a former journalist, says the women’s age and socioeconomic status appear to be the main factors driving their decisions.

“Many of these young women are from small towns,” said Bauer in a November 21 phone interview. “Some are just graduating from high school and are not necessarily considering college, whether for a lack of money.... They click on a Craigslist ad and they see potential for quick cash, and also for freedom. Those realities combined with the fact that these women are literally teenagers, raises other concerns — the predatory nature of the amateur films and what, if anything, needs to happen in regards to regulation.

Gradus spoke to several experts who agree that changes may need to happen to prevent young women from being coerced into the adult film industry at too early an age. “The niche of amateur reality porn is growing, and with that there’s been very little done to show the impacts this might have on the girls. In Hot Girls Wanted, the women we talked to knew they would be featured in adult films. They made the decision to enter this world. In that regard it’s slightly different than what the women in the lawsuit in San Diego dealt with. But that said, there’s a common theme in that this amateur reality niche preys upon the 18- to 22-year-olds, regardless of how prepared they think they are.

“On one side there is the fact that these women are 18 and are over the age of consent. People can say, ‘Hey, they are adults and they agreed to it, so why should I feel bad?’ But when you get close to these women you see just how young 18 is. It raises some questions about the age of consent and whether it should be raised, in order to avoid some of the stories you are now hearing with the proliferation of the amateur/reality genre. There were many women we spoke to that admitted that if they were given the same choice two years later, when they were 20 as opposed to 18, they would have done differently. There’s an innocence for a lot of these women, and I feel the agents and the people in the industry know that.”

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Craigslist, Inc. should also be sued for allowing such ads, since they know what's being advertised and turn a blind eye.

From what I understand there are lot of shady, possibly illegal, things one can find scrolling through your local Craigslist page. The thing about these ads/posts is they appear to be from reputable modeling agencies. As is evident, that's not always the case. Thanks, DWBat! -dH

18 years and up is a adult that can read and sign a contract. 18 year olds can join the military and die serving their country. These girls were too lazy and greedy to work at low paid normal jobs. They didn't file police reports after they had sex for money. Now they want a boatload of cash for their mistake. If youve seen those videos its apparent no one is being taken advantage of or abused.

If they've actually been told that it was for private use and would not be realeased in the US, which is an old tactic used in Eastern Europe for decades, then there's abusement... Should they have read the contract ? Sure. Does it protect the producers ? No.

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