Traffickinghub History and Evolution
Traffickinghub was founded by Laila Mickelwait in February 2020 and quickly became a global movement of millions of individuals and hundreds of organizations.Laila Mickelwait continues to lead the Traffickinghub movement today and is determined to do so until its goals are accomplished. You can stay up to date on the progress of Traffickinghub by following the #Traffickinghub hashtag or by following Laila Mickelwait on Twitter.
Traffickinghub has been endorsed by hundreds of anti-trafficking, women’s rights, and child protection organizations around the world. 600 organizations have joined forces to call for criminal accountability for Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek, along with 200+ survivors, and over 2 million people from every country in the world have signed the Traffickinghub movement petition.
Since its founding, Traffickinghub has made enormous progress thanks to the work and participation of all involved. At the start of 2020, when the Traffickinghub petition and movement launched, Pornhub was the tenth most-visited website in the world. It was also the largest and most popular porn site, with 130 million visits per day, 42 billion visits per year, and enough videos uploaded every 12 months that it would take 169 years if you watched them back-to-back. Pornhub had more site traffic than Amazon, Yahoo, and Netflix and more daily visits than the entire populations of Canada, Australia, and France combined. Researchers named it the 3rd most influential “tech” company on global society, just behind Google and Facebook. 4.6 billion daily ad impressions were helping the site earn hundreds of millions of dollars annually for its parent company MindGeek.
By the beginning of 2023, Pornhub had taken down 80% of the entire website by removing over 10 million videos. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and PayPal had all cut ties with the site, leaving them with only cryptocurrency and wire transfers as payment options. The secret majority shareholder of MindGeek, Bernd Bergmair, was publicly exposed, and the CEO and COO of MindGeek, Feras Antoon and David Tassillo, resigned. Pornhub lost all major advertisers and business partners, including Grant Thornton, Heinz, Unilever, Comcast-Xfinity, Roku, and many others. Meta, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube all permanently shut down Pornhub’s social media accounts, causing them to lose over 14 million followers and subscribers. MindGeek has faced eleven landmark individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of hundreds of victims worldwide, totaling billions in potential damages, and was the subject of a Canadian government parliamentary committee investigation.
BUT WE ARE NOT DONE YET.
Pornhub must be shut down. Its owners and executives must be held accountable to the full extent of the law, and the victims of Pornhub worldwide must be given real justice.
In the News
The Traffickinghub movement and its impact have been covered in hundreds of media pieces globally. Here are a few.