Girls Do Porn Performer Pleads Guilty to Federal Sex Trafficking Charges
On Friday, Girls Do Porn performer Ruben Andre Garcia pled guilty to federal counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion, as part of the ongoing federal case against the porn production company.
Garcia is the male performer who appears in most of the Girls Do Porn videos. His face is never visible in the scenes, but Garcia is one of three co-operators of Girls Do Porn, a production company whose owners were found guilty last year of intimidating and coercing 22 women into having sex on camera, and lying to them about how widely the videos would be distributed.
In November 2019, Pratt, Garcia, and Wolfe, along with their associate Valerie Moser, were charged with federal counts of sex trafficking. Pratt fled and is still a fugitive; he was recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list with a $10,000 reward set for information leading to his arrest. A month before that ruling, the FBI charged them with federal counts of sex trafficking.
Garcia initially pled not guilty to the charges. In a hearing on Friday, he pled guilty to counts one and seven in the federal indictment—”conspiracy to commit sex trafficking” and “sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion,” respectively.
During the civil trial in San Diego Superior Court, a Girls Do Porn cameraman testified to hearing Garcia—who went by several pseudonyms, including Andre, Ruben, Dre, and Jonathan—tell the women numerous times that the videos would only be available on DVD in Australian porn stores, even though all of the owners and the cameraman himself knew this was a lie.
He also acted as the “casting director” for the company, and received a commission for the women he brought in, as well as recruiting women to act as references to further trick new models into coming to their San Diego hotel room set. He told one reference to assure these women that “no one would find out,” according to court documents. The videos spread around the world, partially through the extremely popular Girls Do Porn website and presence on tube sites like Pornhub—and devastated the lives of many of the women who appeared in those videos.
“More often than not, Garcia offers alcohol and/or marijuana to the model, regardless of her age, before the shoot and encourages her to drink or smoke in order to calm her nerves and loosen,” Judge Kevin Enright wrote in the statement of decision for the civil trial. Garcia instructed the women to “act excited, flirty, and fun” for the camera, and repeatedly stopped shooting when they didn’t act enthusiastic enough to his liking.
One of the plaintiffs in the civil trial testified to Garcia pushing her to continue a shoot when she started menstruating and asked to reschedule. “Garcia said there was no need, that they had dealt with this before and would just use a sponge,” the court documents report. “When she resisted, Garcia said they had already spent the money on the shoot and would lose money if they cancelled now.” Another Jane Doe plaintiff said Garcia became hostile when she made a similar request to reschedule, and physically forced a sponge into her vagina without her consent. Another, he physically shoved onto the bed and raped.
During the civil trial, Garcia continued his abuse. One of the lawyers representing the 22 plaintiffs, Brian Holm, filed a restraining order against Garcia and Pratt, claiming that they spent years threatening him and his family with harassment.
Garcia may face punishment of up to life in prison. His sentencing hearing, before U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino, is scheduled for February 12, 2021.
Source : Samantha Cole Link