Adult film producer and performer Ruben Andre Garcia received a 20-year sentence in federal court last week for engaging in a conspiracy with the owners of the GirlsDoPorn and GirlsDoToys websites to recruit young women to work in sex videos. They used fraud, force,
and coercion to persuade the young women to engage in these illegal acts.
From 2017 to 2017, Garcia was a recruiter, producer, and actor for the above websites, making millions of dollars in those years.
Garcia pleaded guilty to the federal crime of sex trafficking in December 2020 and admitted that it was part of a premeditated scheme. He said that he recruited victims to appear in sex videos on the websites and promised them that they would never be posted online or released in the US.
Garcia knew that this was not true; he knew that all of the videos were posted on the above websites, GDP and GDT, and previews were available for free on Pornhub.com.
Garcia Was A Lead Recruiter For GDP and GDT
Garcia told federal law enforcement that he and Michael Pratt were the top recruiters for the sites, and their target market was women between 18 and 20. They made Craigslist ads and fake websites and email addresses that looked related to the websites to make their victims think they were applying for jobs as clothing models.
Only after the victims replied to the ads did the men say they were looking for women for pornographic films.
When the victims hesitated, Garcia had other women contact them to say that the videos were never posted online and that none of the victims’ family or friends would know. Again, young women were used as references because the men thought that victims were likely to believe them.
The references received compensation for each victim they recruited, with more compensation for victims who agreed to do a porn video.
Garcia Worked To Ensure Victims Didn’t Know About GDP And GDT
Garcia and other conspiracy members made efforts to make sure the victims didn’t know that he and others ran the GDP and GDT websites. He knew that most of the women he recruited would never agree to be in the videos if they knew that the films would be posted online.
Most of the porn videos were shot at short-term rental units or hotels in and around San Diego. If a victim agreed to appear in a video, Garcia would go to San Diego in a day or so to ensure the woman would not back out.
After the victim came to the hotel, Garcia would keep telling her that the videos would not be online and that no one would know about the videos. The women were told that the contracts said that the videos would never be put online. The contracts did not mention the GDP and GDT websites at all.
Victims were never given copies of any contracts that they signed, and the companies listed on the contracts were given innocuous names. As a result, none of the women really knew what they were required to do.
Before some of the shoots, the women were given marijuana or alcohol to help them relax. However, the women were told to make a statement on film that they were not under the influence when they appeared in the movie.
Victims Were Coerced To Completing Videos
During the conspiracy, Garcia would coerce the victims to complete the videos once they started them. Then, he would threaten to sue the women, cancel their flights, and even post the videos online if they didn’t finish the work.
Hotel room doors were sometimes even blocked by recording and camera equipment, and the victims often felt trapped and could not leave. The women would say they wanted to go, but the conspirators would rarely allow it.
The victims also were misled about how long the video shoots would last; most were told the production would take 30 minutes. But they usually lasted several hours.
Some of the sex in the films was rough and caused pain and even bleeding. Some women said they wanted to stop filming, but Garcia would tell them they had to finish.
Victims were paid less than what they were promised, and Garcia would say they had a tattoo or a mole that meant they had to be paid less.
After the videos were put online, many of the victims would contact Garcia and demand that the videos be removed, but their calls were ignored or blocked.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner told the media that Garcia and his co-conspirators exploited and deceived the women for their personal satisfaction and financial gain. Garcia’s sentence was the first in the case, but there will probably be more.