March 29, 2021
Sixteen-year-old Ava Rose Beaune was hanging out at a friend’s house on an otherwise unremarkable mid-July afternoon when her cell service briefly shut off. She tried to text her dad, but it wouldn’t send—definitely odd, she thought, but not alarming.
Then people started messaging her: Did you see what’s on your Twitter? Your Instagram? What’s going on? She logged on to her social media accounts and saw that her new Facebook status alluded to suicide—but she hadn’t posted it.
With more than 2 million followers on TikTok, Ava was a minor celebrity in her own circles. So, she said, she was used to men being creepy, or even hostile. This was extreme, she thought, but it was over. But it wasn’t. This was only the beginning of weeks of daily harassment so severe it would uproot her life entire life.
April 13, 2021
A post by an extremist Christian group on the far-right social media platform Gab called for the death of a specific Pornhub executive. “WANTED,” the image posted to Gab, featuring a man’s headshot and full name, said. “For crimes against women and children. Help us bring pornstars to justice. Save your children from the LGBT ideology. Save your daughter from becoming a whore. Save the white race!” Another image in the same post shows a man in military fatigues and a black ski mask holding a gun.
For years, anti-trafficking organizations have pushed agendas that toe the line of vigilantism. They shouldn’t be surprised when someone takes their version of “justice” into their own hands.
‘I Started to Get Extremely Vengeful:’ A Girls Do Porn Victim Is Still Fighting Harassment 6 Years Later
May 3, 2021
Jane left her parents’ house and went to an upscale chain hotel in a busy part of the city. Jonathan, the modeling agency talent scout she’d been corresponding with for weeks met her in the lobby. She was hesitant to commit to an “adult” shoot, and wasn’t completely sure what it might entail. But she needed the money to support her parents’ business. What happened in that room changed her life forever.
Only a few of the hundreds of women Girls Do Porn filmed from 2009 until 2020 have spoken publicly about what happened to them—and outside of testimonies for the civil trial, even fewer have come forward.
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