What’s Current: Girls Do Porn cameraman testifies that producers lied to and coerced women

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  • In an ongoing trial alleging fraud and abuse against Girls Do Porn, a videographer for the company testified in court that producers lied to women about distribution and coerced them to create pornographic content. VICE reports:

“The lawyers for the plaintiffs said they spoke with at least 100 women involved with Girls Do Porn who gave similar accounts of their experiences.

The women say they were told that the videos would only be available in limited release on DVD, and no one they knew would ever see them. Shortly after they were shot, the videos were posted on the internet, on massively popular websites like Pornhub and YouPorn, and the women were doxed and harassed by viewers using forums like the recently-defunct PornWikiLeaks.”

  • The murder of a young Palestinian woman by her brothers ignites outrage and protests. Israa Ghrayeb, the victim of an “honor killing,” initially survived the first attack but was later allegedly beaten to death in the hospital by male relatives.
  • New research from India reveals that less than one per cent of those charged with slavery and human trafficking during the past decade were convicted.
  • The French government has convened a conference to address femicide. According to government research, a woman is killed in France by her partner or former partner every three days.
  • The South African National Assembly declares violence against women a “state of emergency” as protests erupt calling attention to femicide in the country. According to government reports, 30 women have been murdered in the month of August alone, with the brutal murder of university student Uyinene Mrwetyana sparking national outrage.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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