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TORONTO – In August, Rachel, whose identity W5 is protecting, dug out an old hard drive from her Alberta home to back up her computer.

It was a hard drive that belonged to her ex-husband. When she opened it, Rachel saw a folder she didn’t recognize. Rachel was about to open the darkest chapter of her life.

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Inside the folder, Rachel found her photos. nude pictures. sexual images. There were some pictures that she reluctantly allowed her husband to take and she assumed it was only for his eyes. Others were not pictures of her at all, but pictures of someone else’s naked body. Photos were organized into folders, cropped and manipulated.

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She searched the Internet for “how to do a reverse image search” and found something terrifying: The photos were posted on two different porn sites. He clicked on the username to see who uploaded it. Rachel says that a photo of her ex-husband appeared.

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But the worst was yet to come.

Rachel discovered the username her husband had used. It uploaded a video to the world’s biggest porn site Pornhub. In that video, she shows him in his own bed, apparently unconscious. She says that her husband’s hands can be seen reaching to shake her, touch her and sexually assault her. Video titles include “bedtime” and “sleeping pills”.

“I’m not even conscious. I don’t budge,” she tells W5. “You can tell there was no consent in the video.” Rachel looked at the upload date. It was from 2017. That means it was three years before she discovered it. Was online.This also meant that when it was posted, Rachel was still married to her ex.

The next morning, Rachel called the RCMP. She says Mounties told her not to attempt to delete the photo while they were starting their investigation. But for the next two weeks, she searched for the title of the video and was stunned by what she found. Other people seem to have downloaded the video and uploaded it to other porn sites. Rachel says she stopped counting when video views hit 200,000.

Pornhub is an internet titan. Every day, there are an average of about 115 million visits to the site. It’s even more than Netflix or Amazon. Users can watch millions of videos for free. However, the site makes millions of dollars from advertising and selling premium memberships.

Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, is now the target of at least five lawsuits, including an international class-action suit in Canada that has yet to be substantiated.

The lawsuits allege that the company profited from non-consensual and child abuse material, even though it had a responsibility to ensure that all of its content was legal.

For Rachel, one of the worst parts was knowing that it was her own husband who posted the video.

“I was completely shocked that the person you can trust the most in the world would put these pictures and images on these porn sites. It was such a violation.”

A few days after Rachel told RCMP about the video, it disappeared from Pornhub. Several other porn sites also removed the content over the next few months. However, when he searched the name of the video on Google in January, it still returned 1,900 results.

It seems that although Pornhub removed the video, it still kept thumbnails of nude images. Because those thumbnails were still present, a Google search would find and display those nude images. She realized that the only way to eliminate them was to get Pornhub to remove all traces of the thumbnail images.

It was no easy task.

She sent a “content removal request” to Pornhub, which was followed by several more messages, which she shared with W5, demanding that they remove all traces of the video.

“Could you please completely clear this video from all your sites? I appreciate that it is no longer playable, but still appears in many pages of Google results,” she wrote. “Google will not process the removal request because they say the content still exists. Many other websites on your site have links to this content… I didn’t create this video nor upload it to Pornhub.” had not consented to.”

Instead of deleting the images, “Marios,” a Pornhub representative, told Rachel that she would have to contact the individual sites that linked to the Pornhub images and ask them herself.

Later that day, another Pornhub representative, “Kevin,” sent her a note informing her that it was also her responsibility to contact Google to remove anything on its search engine.

Rachel was apoplectic. Pornhub was telling her that the images attached to the non-consensual videos were now her responsibility to track down and remove. He sent them another message with a decidedly more aggressive tone.

“You guys decided to host a video uploaded with consent without my attack on your site for three years. I want every trace of this video to be removed. Not just from Google; from the actual internet… Exclusively from your site and from your affiliated sites, such as Thumbzilla. Thumbnail – the one you created and distributed – is literally my naked body… like, guys – you’ve even contacted the police regarding my video and You still have a picture of my boobs on your site. WTF?”

Kevin responded again, insisting that Pornhub “cannot” remove content from other sites. However, it doesn’t seem completely accurate. Pornhub offers something called “special model program”, which promises to send takedown notices to any website “to help protect your content from being uploaded to other websites”.

It provides “protection” to customers who pay a fee for this particular service. The point is that Pornhub has certainly requested the removal of content from other sites.

Rachel wrote to Pornhub, “It’s interesting how competent and diligent you are when it comes to your monetized ‘exclusive’ content, while not caring at all about the non-consensual content that you ( illegally) choose to host.” “If more letters are needed on this subject, they will be from my lawyer.”

In February, a month after her original request and several messages, Pornhub told her they would eventually remove all traces of her content. But to this day, Rachel says that if you search for her videos by name, it still returns images of her naked body and from time to time, she still finds her videos on other sites, where it appears. Still playable.

He suspects that many people have the original video on their own hard drives because they were once able to download it from Pornhub’s site. Pornhub recently removed that download button.

Rachel says Pornhub never offered her an apology.

“It’s devastating. I mean, it’s something that will haunt me for the rest of my life,” she says. “I’ll always be somebody’s porn.”

On Friday Pornhub released its first transparency report Outlining content moderation practices and security policies from content reported last year.

Click here to read MindGeek’s statement to W5