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California man gets 20 years for tricking women into doing porn

A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for tricking a slew of young women into performing in online pornographic films, subjecting them to rough and painful sex and threatening them if they refused to be in the films, the Department of Justice announced

Ruben Andre Garcia, a former GirlsDoPorn producer and performer, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion in December and was sentenced Monday in the Southern District of California after listening to 22 of his victims excoriate him for the crimes in a series of victim impact statements.

“Andre Garcia conned a 17-year-old girl to fly across the country so he could have sex with her and exploit her youth for profit,” one woman, identified as Victim K, told the court, according to Courthouse News

She said Garcia flew her out to San Diego on her 18th birthday to film a porn and on the way to the shoot, picked up a birthday cake at a grocery store to use as a prop. 

Between 2013 and 2017, Garcia and his co-defendants posted ads on Craigslist seeking clothed models for photoshoots that included fake websites and email addresses to trick young women into taking the gig, the DOJ said in a news release. 

Once they responded to the ad, Garcia disclosed they were actually seeking actresses for porn shoots but he promised the young women, many of whom were 18 to 20 years old, that the videos would never be released in the US or posted online

Woman from behind wearing a lacy bra.
Andre Garcia and his co-defendants posted ads on Craigslist seeking clothed models for photoshoots that included fake websites and email addresses to trick young women into taking the gig.
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In reality, the films were posted to PornHub, one of the most heavily trafficked smut websites on the globe, and on the GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys websites, which earned Garcia and his co-conspirators millions of dollars, federal prosecutors said. 

He offered to pay the women between $3,000 and $5,000 for a one-day shoot and as soon as they agreed, he booked them a plane ticket within the next day or two so they wouldn’t have a chance to back out. 

Once the girls arrived, they were often plied with booze and marijuana and if they expressed hesitation, Garcia paid other young women to calm their nerves and reassure them the videos wouldn’t be posted online and no one they knew would ever find out about them. 

When the shoots were underway, which typically lasted much longer than the 30 minutes the girls were promised, Garcia would coerce the women into finishing by threatening to sue them, cancel their flights home and post the videos online if they didn’t complete the job. 

Mugshot of Michael Pratt.
Michael Pratt is charged alongside Andre Garcia for his involvement with GirlsDoPorn.

“Hotel room doors were at times blocked by camera and recording equipment, and the victims felt powerless and unable to leave,” prosecutors said in a news release. 

“The sex for the video shoots was rough and caused many victims pain, and in some cases bleeding. Some victims asked to stop filming. In response, Garcia and others told the victims that they had to continue and finish the videos.” 

When the girls later realized their videos were online and tried to get them taken down, their calls were blocked or ignored. 

“This defendant lured one victim after another with fake modeling ads, false promises and deceptive front companies, ultimately devolving to threats to coerce these women into making sex videos,” Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement.

“Even when victims told Garcia how the scheme had devastated their lives, he showed no regard for their well-being. The crime was utterly callous in nature and there is no excuse or justification for his conduct, which was driven purely by greed. The harm inflicted by this defendant will last a lifetime for his victims.”

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