Court Orders GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys Video Rights and $ 18 Million in Victims Restitution | USAO-SDCA


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SUMMARY OF THE PRESS RELEASE – December 15, 2021

SAN DIEGO – U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has ruled that all rights to the videos and images produced in the GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys sex trafficking case would go to the hundreds of victims who are featured in the images posted on the sites Adult web.

Judge Sammartino issued the ruling as part of a restitution order in the prosecution of Ruben Andre Garcia, an artist and adult film producer who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring with the owners adult GirlsDoPorn (GDP) and GirlsDoToys (GDT). websites to recruit young women to appear in sex videos using force, fraud and coercion.

In addition to granting the rights to the videos and images to the victims, Judge Sammartino ordered Garcia to pay approximately $ 18 million in restitution to the victims.

To resolve the issue that hundreds of victims in this case have been and continue to be victims of the publication and viewing of their GDP and GDT images and videos, Judge Sammartino highlighted the following conditions:

– Garcia, alias “Jonathan”, does not have the right to use, publish or exploit in any way the images, likenesses or videos of GirlsDoPorn (GDP) or GirlsDoToys (GDT);

– All alleged model versions and other agreements between GDP and / or GDT and its models purporting to give GDP and / or GDT the right to use, publish or in any way exploit the images, likenesses or videos of his models are void and unenforceable;

– All transfers, licenses or leases of the right to use, publish or exploit the images, likenesses or videos of the models by GDP and / or GDT to third parties are void;

– Each model has a superior right, title and interest in the images, likenesses and videos illustrating that model produced by GDP and / or GDT; and

– Each model must have and recover all goods that GDP and / or GDT took from them, including pictures, likenesses, videos and copyrights.

“This is an extremely important decision that gives power back to victims by giving them control over the images and videos that have caused them so much pain and suffering,” said Interim US Attorney Randy Grossman. “We hope this will help the victims to close a difficult chapter in their lives. Grossman thanked the prosecution team and the FBI for the relentless pursuit of justice in this case.

“An important step in this long healing process is for victims to be able to take back control of their lives,” said FBI Special Agent Suzanne Turner. “This move helps facilitate this change as the FBI aggressively pursues the one outstanding fugitive in this case – and its leader – Michael James Pratt.”

According to court documents, Garcia admitted that from around 2013 until October 2019, Michael James Pratt, Matthew Isaac Wolfe, Ruben Andre Garcia, Theodore Wilfred Gyi, Valerie Moser and others were involved in a scheme. aimed at recruiting victims to engage in commercial sex acts using force, fraud and coercion.

To recruit victims to appear in videos for the websites, the defendants lied to the victims and told them that the videos would never be uploaded, that the videos would never be shown in the United States, and that no one who knew the women would ever discover the videos, depictions that the defendants knew to be false. Hundreds of women from cities across the United States and Canada have been recruited to appear in videos based on these material false claims. The defendants illegally obtained the images and videos of the victims using force, fraud and coercion.

The sexual acts of the victims were published on the websites of the GDP and the GDT. GDP and GDT charged visitors a subscription fee to access website content. The GDP and GDT websites have generated at least $ 17 million in revenue for their owners.

Throughout the plot, GDP and GDT received millions of views. To promote the websites, video content from both sites has been posted on free porn sites such as Pornhub.com which is one of the most visited websites in the world. GDP and GDT video clips posted on Pornhub.com have often been viewed millions of times, according to Pornhub view counters.

The next hearing in the pending case is March 11, 2022, at 2 p.m., for motions concerning the accused Mathew Wolfe, whose trial is scheduled to begin on June 20, 2022.

All victims seeking the right to enforce this order and all other victims of these alleged crimes are encouraged to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to https://tips.fbi.gov/

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $ 50,000 for any information leading to the arrest of Michael James Pratt. Individuals with information about Pratt should contact their local FBI office or the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

For more information, please see:

DEFENDANTS File number 19cr4488-JLS

Michael James Pratt Age: 36 Fugitive

Matthew Isaac Wolfe 37 San Diego, California

Theodore Gyi Age: 42 Rancho Aliso, CA **

Valorie Moser Age: 38 San Diego, CA **

SUMMARY OF EXPENSES

Count 1 (charge all accused)

Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud and Coercion, 18 USC § 1591 (a) and (b) (1)

Maximum penalty: life imprisonment, a fine of $ 250,000 and a special assessment of $ 5,000 under 18 USC § 3014.

Chef 2 (Pratt)

Production of Child Pornography, 18 USC § 2251 (a) and (e)

Maximum penalty: thirty years in prison with a mandatory minimum of 15 years; $ 250,000 in fine and a special assessment of $ 5,000 under 18 USC § 3014.

Chef 3 (Pratt)

Sexual Trafficking of a Minor by Force, Fraud and Coercion, 18 USC § 1591 (a) (1) and (2)

Maximum sentence: Life imprisonment, compulsory minimum 15 years; $ 250,000 in fine and a special assessment of $ 5,000 under 18 USC § 3014.

Heads 4 (Pratt, Wolfe, Garcia), 5 (Pratt, Garcia), 6 (Pratt, Wolfe, Garcia), 7 (Pratt, Garcia, Gyi), 8 (Pratt, Garcia, Gyi)

Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud and Coercion, 18 USC § 1594

Maximum sentence: Life imprisonment, compulsory minimum 15 years; $ 250,000 in fine and a special assessment of $ 5,000 under 18 USC § 3014.

INVESTIGATION AGENCY

FBI

* Charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are only charges, and defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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