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‘Another One Bites the Dust’: Anti-Trafficking Group Celebrates Closure of Porn Site

07-10-2021
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Anti-trafficking groups leading the way in exposing the dark truths of the pornography industry are celebrating the closure of XTube.

Laila Mickelwait, a prominent activist behind the push to shutter Pornhub, the largest pornography site in the world, posted a statement Monday, writing, “Exploiting real sex crime scene footage for profit has consequences.”

XTube is a subsidiary of MindGeek, which also owns Pornhub.

As Faithwire previously reported, MindGeek has been credibly accused of hosting child sexual abuse material — or child pornography — on its sites. Mickelwait has also charged the platform with making money off videos documenting sexual assault and coercion.

Others praised the shuttering of XTube, too.

Dawn Hawkins, president of the National Center for Sexual Exploitation, which has been fighting to see pornography sites closed, described the shuttering of XTube as “welcome news.”

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“XTube’s announced shutdown is more evidence that MindGeek’s exploitation empire is crumbling,” Hawkins said. “This is welcome news, given the mounting evidence that MindGeek has hosted and profited from child sex abuse material, rape, sex trafficking, nonconsensual material, sexual violence, and other racist and misogynistic sexual content on its myriad of pornography websites.”

“XTube’s decision to close was not made in a vacuum,” she continued. “This decision comes after mounting pressure from legislators, outrage in the media, loss of mainstream corporate support, and survivors stepping forward to demand justice through lawsuits. We hope that XTube’s closing is a harbinger of things to come for MindGeek. We look forward to the day we can announce that Pornhub and additional MindGeek-owned pornography sites are ending.”

MindGeek has been facing mounting pressure to shutter its platform.

In May, more than 700 victims’ advocates and survivors of sexual exploitation called on Congress to launch a criminal investigation into Pornhub. That came months after Canadian lawmakers heard testimony against the pornography website and its parent company, MindGeek.

As for XTube, it will officially close on Sept. 5.

“Like any tech company, we are constantly evaluating our content offerings and products to best serve our users,” MindGeek explained in a statement to the Daily Caller. “XTube has always had a dedicated but small community, and we believe that its users and creators will be better served on one of our existing platforms, where they will be able to take advantage of wider reach and increased visibility.”

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As Christians, we know all pornography, legal or illegal, falls incredibly short of God’s perfect design for human sexuality, which He established for marriage between one man and one woman.

If you are struggling with sexual sin — including an addiction to pornography — Faithwire has a seven-week, video-based course, Set Free, handing participants the spiritual and practical tools they need to tackle this sexual sin.

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