Owners of Multi-Million Dollar Adult Website Could Face Life in Prison After 'Coercing and Luring' Women into Porn

The owners and two employees of a major adult film website have been charged with sex trafficking crimes and could face life in prison if found guilty, a statement from the Department of Justice has revealed.

Michael Pratt and Matthew Wolfe, owners of the GirlsDoPorn website and its GirlsDoToys affiliate, along with producer Ruben Garcia and administrative assistant Valorie Mosser, used deception and false promises to "lure" young women into performing pornography, the statement alleges. According to financial records, the two websites generated revenue upwards of $17 million.

The women had responded to ads for modeling jobs—with promises to receive $5,000—but were then allegedly coerced to perform sexual acts on film.

On at least one occasion, a woman was raped and several more were sexually assaulted, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California said.

"The circumstances were not at all what was promised," the spokesperson said.
"Some of the women were pressured into signing documents without reviewing them and then threatened with legal action or outing if they failed to perform. Some were not permitted to leave the shooting locations until the videos were made.

"Family and friends and the general public eventually saw the videos online—some victims were harassed and ridiculed and estranged from their families as a result—and some were sexually assaulted and in at least one case raped. Some were forced to perform certain sex acts they had declined to do, or they would not be paid or allowed to leave."

Pratt, 36, Wolfe, 37, and Garcia, 31, were all charged with sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion—an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

All three, alongside Mosser, 37, are also charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion—an offence which carries a life sentence if found guilty and a further fine of $250,000.

The charges were announced after FBI agents raided the Spreckels Theatre Building on West Broadway in San Diego shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Garcia is believed to have been arrested in the raid, whereas Wolfe was taken into custody by immigration officials and transferred to federal criminal custody on Tuesday. It is not clear whether Mosser was apprehended or handed herself in, but is due to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez on Friday, according to the statement.

Pratt, who is a national of New Zealand, is still at large and information with regards to his whereabouts is sought. Any additional victims in the case are also encouraged to call the San Diego FBI on 858-320-1800.

The indictments are separate from an ongoing civil suit currently on trial in San Diego where 22 unnamed plaintiffs are seeking $22 million in damages for being coerced into making porn.

Lawyers representing the victims said they have spoken to at least 100 more women who have detailed similar accounts of sexual coercion.

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