Pornhub’s parent company, Aylo, has confessed to profiting from sex trafficking by hosting adult videos that involved women coerced into performing sexual acts on camera by a production company. This acknowledgment comes as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors.

Aylo will pay a $1.8 million fine and provide compensation to the victims of sex trafficking as outlined in a deferred prosecution agreement. While the company pleaded not guilty to the government’s charge of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions related to sex trafficking proceeds, it did acknowledge the presence of illegal content on its site and expressed regret over this fact.

Although the government did not directly accuse Aylo of violating federal sex trafficking laws, it argued that the company should have been aware that it was dealing with a group involved in sex trafficking. As part of the agreement, Aylo will undergo monitoring for three years, and the charges will be dropped if the company adheres to the terms.

Between 2017 and 2019, Aylo received payment from a production company to stream pornographic content that included videos featuring women who hadn’t consented to the material being posted online. Aylo admitted to this and court documents support the fact that the company received takedown requests from women featured in the videos as early as 2016, stating they were deceived. Furthermore, Aylo was aware of a federal lawsuit against the production company in 2017.

However, Aylo failed to fully comply with the takedown requests and didn’t take steps to independently verify whether the women had consented to the videos being published online. Despite removing the production company’s videos from Pornhub in 2019, some of these videos were reposted by other users and remained accessible online.

Aylo, now under new management, expressed deep regret over hosting such content and acknowledged that the production company used illicit means to create its content, obtaining consent through fraud and coercion.

Breon Peace, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, emphasized that this deferred prosecution agreement holds Pornhub’s parent company accountable for its role in hosting these videos. The FBI criticized Aylo for not acting promptly to remove the videos and stated that the company enriched itself by disregarding the concerns of victims who had been deceived and coerced.

Solomon Friedman, Aylo’s new compliance director, stated that the company does not accept any criminal liability but has implemented measures to prevent a recurrence of similar incidents. Aylo, which operates multiple sites including Mofos, YouPorn, and MyDirtyHobby, is based in Canada and owned by the Canada-based private equity firm Ethical Capital Partners. Friedman emphasized their zero-tolerance policy for illegal material and underscored their commitment to responsibility.