Porn Website Operator Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Porn Website Operator Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

An adult website operator pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a San Diego federal court to a sex trafficking conspiracy that fraudulently forced and coerced women into pornography videos published on two separate websites, GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys.

Matthew Isaac Wolfe, 40, admitted that he played a vital role in persuading at least 15 women into pornography by claiming the videos would never reach audiences in the United States or online while knowing the recordings were exclusively marketed and distributed on the internet.

“Wolfe lied to and preyed on vulnerable young women, subjecting them to years of relentless harassment, fear, and mental anguish,” Stacey Moy, special agent in charge of the FBI San Diego Field Office, said.

Authorities also named four co-defendants in the alleged conspiracy: Ruben Andre Garcia, 33, Valorie Moser, 39, Theodore Wilfred Gyi, 44, and GirlsDoPorn owner, 39-year-old Michael James Pratt.

Wolfe admitted in 2011 that he moved to the United States to work for Pratt, where he would eventually perform various responsibilities until authorities arrested him in 2019. Such tasks allegedly included promoting the business, overseeing the company financials, and uploading the videos onto the internet — approximately 100 of which he filmed — until training co-defendant Theodore Gyi as a cameraman and producer.

Wolfe also admitted that Pratt allegedly controlled pornwikileaks.com, a website exposing individuals’ identities in sex videos, and shared the victims’ personal information and social media accounts.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports a federal grand jury indicted Wolfe three years ago while he and others were facing a lawsuit filed by 22 female victims in San Deigo Superior Court. Wolfe and the others would allegedly recruit women as “models,” who would then be pressured into having sex on camera in various locations like hotel rooms and short-term rentals. Victims testified that they were given alcohol and marijuana before signing a contract, raped, and threatened if they asked to stop.

The videos were published on GirlsDoPorn and other websites despite the women, one of whom was a minor at the time, believing it was for a DVD collection overseas.

The case would eventually end in a $12.7 million judgment against Wolfe, Pratt, and adult performer Ruben Andre Garcia.

“This crime had a devastating impact on the victims,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said.

Wolfe faces a maximum penalty of up to life in prison, while Moser and Gyi, who also pleaded guilty to similar charges, await their sentencing.

Garcia received 20 years after pleading guilty to a sex trafficking conspiracy to a U.S. District Judge in June 2021.

However, Pratt, who authorities have charged with producing child pornography and sex trafficking a minor by force, fraud, or coercion and faces 15 years in prison, is still at large.

Authorities believe Pratt, a New Zealand citizen, fled the country during the civil trial and has ties to multiple countries with “financial means to be anywhere around the world.”

“We know there are people that are helping Pratt,” William McNamara, a San Diego FBI spokesperson Special Agent, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Authorities listed Pratt as a fugitive and have offered up to $50,000 in reward money for information leading to his arrest.

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