The FBI is intensifying its worldwide search for Michael James Pratt, the New Zealand-born pornographer who created the controversial GirlsDoPorn website while living in the San Diego area. This week the FBI announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Nearly two dozen women sued Pratt and his associates for using fraud and coercion to get them to appear in pornographic videos. The women won a $13 million judgment in January, but by the time the ruling was announced, Pratt had apparently fled the country.
Meanwhile, the federal government charged Pratt with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion. Prosecutors later added child pornography charges because at least one of his victims was under 18.
Pratt lured his victims by posting ads for clothed modeling gigs on Craigslist and other platforms. Once a woman responded, Pratt or one of his associates would offer the women $3,000 to $5,000 to fly to San Diego for a one-day pornography shoot. They promised, falsely, that videos would only be sold on DVD to wealthy clients outside the United States.