Michael James Pratt Named to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List Pornography website owner wanted on sex trafficking, child pornography charges

New York-Free Yemen Eye – From News- FBI

The owner and operator of a pornography production company, who is charged with sex trafficking and production of child pornography, now has a place on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI is offering $100,000 for information that leads directly to his arrest.

Michael James Pratt and his co-conspirators allegedly used internet advertisements, along with fake websites and email addresses, to recruit young women for modeling jobs. Only after the victims responded to the advertisements would Pratt and others disclose that they were actually seeking women for pornographic video shoots, according to charging documents.

Investigators say the women were promised that the videos were for a private collector overseas and that they would remain anonymous. Pratt and his partners allegedly hired other young women to falsely reassure reluctant participants that their images would never appear online.

But the videos were indeed posted online, and Pratt’s pornography websites, GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys, made millions of dollars in revenue from the videos between approximately 2012 and 2019.

“Pratt has victimized hundreds of young women through the course of this conspiracy,” said Supervisory Special Agent Renee Green with the FBI’s San Diego Field Office.

One victim was under the age of 18 during her encounter with Pratt, according to court documents and investigators. Other victims reported being forced into sexual acts to which they did not consent, as well as being threatened and intimidated by Pratt and his partners when they learned their videos were posted to his websites and wanted them removed.

“He used deceit and lies and vindictiveness to torture the young women he caught in his snare.”
Renee Green, supervisory special agent, FBI San Diego

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