The FBI is intensifying its worldwide seek for Michael James Pratt, the New Zealand-born pornographer who created the controversial GirlsDoPorn web site whereas dwelling within the San Diego space. This week the FBI introduced a $10,000 reward for info resulting in his arrest.
Practically two dozen ladies sued Pratt and his associates for utilizing fraud and coercion to get them to look in pornographic movies. The ladies received a $13 million judgment in January, however by the point the ruling was introduced, Pratt had apparently fled the nation.
In the meantime, the federal authorities charged Pratt with conspiracy to commit intercourse trafficking by power, fraud, and coercion. Prosecutors later added baby pornography costs as a result of at the least one in every of his victims was underneath 18.
Pratt lured his victims by posting adverts for clothed modeling gigs on Craigslist and different platforms. As soon as a girl responded, Pratt or one in every of his associates would supply the ladies $3,000 to $5,000 to fly to San Diego for a one-day pornography shoot. They promised, falsely, that movies would solely be bought on DVD to rich shoppers exterior america.
Among the ladies stated that when they reached San Diego, they had been bodily coerced to remain and shoot their scenes. Here is how we described it again in January:
Girls had been picked up on the airport by a GirlsDoPorn staffer and chaperoned all through their go to. Throughout capturing, they had been alone with two or extra males they did not know. The lads would develop into agitated if the ladies did not cooperate; some ladies testified that they feared for his or her security. Girls testified that males stacked gear in entrance of the door to forestall them from leaving the room.
Three of Pratt’s associates, Matthew Wolfe, Andre Garcia, and Valerie Moser, had been charged with conspiracy to commit intercourse trafficking final October together with Pratt. Solely Pratt has evaded seize.