NEW YORK CITY, NY – Authorities are trying to identify and locate the suspect who police say raped a 15-year-old girl after meeting the victim at a park and assaulting her in a Brooklyn apartment earlier in December.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 12, 2020
According to police, the young victim was described described as being a runaway at the time the sexual assault occurred. On December 4th at approximately 6:30 p.m., the victim had taken the train over to the Kensington neighborhood.
The victim was said to have encountered the suspect, identified as a male possibly in his 20s and roughly six feet tall, while at a park located around Avenue F and McDonald Avenue.
Reportedly, the young victim had told investigators that she and the suspect had then smoked some marijuana and consumed some alcohol before the suspect brought the girl to an apartment that presumably belonged to him.
From there, the victim states that the man shoved her onto a bed and proceeded to rape her – subsequently demanding her to then leave the apartment after the assault allegedly occurred.
WANTED for RAPE: Do you know him? On December 4 at 6:30 PM, near Avenue F & McDonald Ave in Brooklyn, he pushed the 15-year-old female onto the bed & forcibly raped her. If you have any information call/DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/rYYE78ixHn
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2020
EMS had responded to the young girl after she called authorities about the assault, where she was treated at the Kings County Hospital Center and later released.
Surveillance photos captured nearby Foster Avenue and McDonald Avenue show the suspect wearing a red, white and blue hooded jacket, black pants and Nike “Jordan” red, white and black sneakers.
Those with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts are asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477 (TIPS). Also, tips can be left via directly messaging @NYPDTips on Twitter.
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In other news related to children coming under harm with regard to sexual-based crimes, a well-known adult website is currently being looked into under allegations of hosting illicit videos of minors on their platform.
Here’s the details on the Pornhub investigation.
On Sunday, December 6th, credit card giants Visa and Mastercard announced that they are planning to investigate their business relationship with the bank of Pornhub’s parent MindGeek, a Canadian company that focuses primarily on pornography.
"Pornhub apparently has no idea whatsoever who is uploading content. Pornhub also has no idea and apparently doesn’t bother to verify the age of the performers in the videos, or if they consented to have sex, to be filmed, to have the video made public." https://t.co/zI0ys8fmNe
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 11, 2020
New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, write an article where he described the videos on Pornhub as recordings of assaults on unconscious women and girls. He wrote that the website carries rape scenes, revenge pornography, and other examples of explicit video taken without consent of the participants.
“The issue is not pornography, but rape. Let’s agree that promoting assaults on children or anyone without consent is unconscionable.”
Pornhub has denied all allegations. In a statement emailed to Reuters, the company said:
“Any assertion that we all CSAM (child sexual abuse material) is irresponsible and flagrantly untrue.”
Mastercard said that it would be investigation the allegations with Pornhub’s parent MindGeek’s bank. Mastercard said:
“If the claims are substantiated, we will take immediate action.”
— Journey to Diversity (@J2DWP) December 7, 2020
Breitbart News reported that similarly, Visa is also planning to investigate directly with MindGeek. Visa said:
“It is actively engaging with the relevant financial institutions to investigate.”
The company added:
“If the site is identified as not complying with applicable laws or the financial institutions’ acceptable use policies and underwriting standards, they will no longer be able to accept Visa payments.”
Reportedly, billionaire investor Bill Ackman called upon Mastercard and Visa to temporarily stop payments to the porn site until the allegations are investigated. In his article, Kristof wrote:
“Its site is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags. A search for “girls under18 (no space) or “14yo” leads in each case to more than 100,000 videos. Most aren’t of children being assaulted, but too many are.”
“A great majority of the 6.8 million new videos posted on the site each year probably involve consenting adults, but many depict child abuse and nonconsensual violence. Because it’s impossible to be sure whether a youth in a video is 14 or 18, neither Pornhub nor anyone else has a clear idea of how much content is illegal.”
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) December 7, 2020
Ackman suggested that it should be made illegal for porn sites to post videos before they are reviewed by a monitor and until the ages and consent for participants have been validated.
In response, Pornhub claimed that it has a vast team of human moderators who manually review “every single upload.” Pornhub also claimed that they have automated detection technologies. It did not say how many people were part of its review team.
@LailaMickelwait You did it again! Thanks To Laila this is finally being taken seriously, I tried years ago to no avail regarding kiddy look alike porn, but had no idea #traffickinghub #exoduscry https://t.co/NflRW1xp4M
— Spa-Go's Mobile Salon, Day Spa Lifestyle Provider (@SpaGosMobileSpa) December 7, 2020
In the United States, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced that he will introduce legislation that would give sex trafficking victims a federal right to sue sites such as Pornhub. Hawley praised Kristof for his “tremendous” investigative reporting. He tweeted:
“Tremendous reporting by @NickKristof on the exploitation that occurs on sites like Pornhub. It’s time for it to end. I will introduce legislation to create a federal right to sue for every person coerced or trafficked or exploited by sites like Pornhub.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) is calling on the DOJ to investigate Pornhub over allegations that the site is exploiting sex trafficking victims. https://t.co/NISTEE54H2
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 11, 2020
Pornhub continued to deny any allegations. The company said:
“We have zero tolerance for CSAM. Pornhub is unequivocally committed to combating CSAM and has instituted an industry-leading trust and safety policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.”
Anti-trafficking activist Laila Mickelwait has called for Pornhub to be closed down because the platform does not do enough to oversee its content. Mickelwait founded her Trafficking hub campaign, which states:
“Pornhub, the world’s largest and most popular porn site, has been repeatedly caught enabling, hosting, and profiting from videos of child rape, sex trafficking, and other forms of non-consensual content exploiting women and minors. We’re calling for Pornhub to be shut down and its executives held accountable for these crimes.”
— The Tribune ?? (@WellandTribune) December 6, 2020
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) urged the Justice Department to investigate Pornhub back in March over allegations that the site exploits victims of sex trafficking, including children. Sasse also proposed an investigation into MindGeek.
MindGeek reportedly denied the accusations, stating:
“Pornhub has a steadfast commitment to eradicating and fighting non-consensual content and under-age material. Any suggestions otherwise is categorically and factually inaccurate.”
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