(TotalConservative.com) – A child sexual predator and sex trafficker who was on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” list has been arrested in Spain!
The fugitive, Michael James Pratt, was located and detained by Spanish National Police on Dec. 21 in Madrid, Spain, an FBI spokesperson stated. He was arrested after police followed an Interpol “Red Notice,” which requested that law enforcement agencies worldwide “locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action,” the spokesperson said.
Pratt, the founder of the illicit website “GirlsDoPorn,” allegedly manipulated hundreds of young women, many of them underage, into making sex tapes and then lied about not distributing them.
Pratt was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list earlier this year.
Pratt was charged with a 19-count indictment that included “sex trafficking, production of child pornography, sex trafficking of a minor, and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments in connection with the operation of the GirlsDoPorn adult website,” the spokesperson said.
Pratt is currently being held in Spain pending extradition.
The Spanish National Police released a video showing Pratt lying facedown on the floor as officers searched and cuffed him before he was taken into custody. The FBI confirmed his arrest in a statement released on Dec. 23.
“The capture of Michael Pratt is an example of how the FBI will pursue justice beyond US borders—you can run, but you can’t hide,” Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Stacey Moy of the FBI San Diego Field Office said.
Pratt and his co-conspirators are accused of posting internet ads about modeling jobs to lure young women before pressuring and manipulating them into shooting sex tapes. Investigators said they lied to the women, saying that the videos would not be widely disseminated because they were for a private collector overseas and they would remain anonymous. However, GirlsDoPorn distributed the videos after they were shot, and they appeared on popular porn websites.
Pratt victimized hundreds of young women, federal prosecutors said, including at least one girl under the age of 18. Investigators said that victims were forced into performing nonconsensual sexual acts, and when they wanted their videos removed from the websites, Pratt and his partners threatened and intimidated them.
“He used deceit and lies and vindictiveness to torture the young women he caught in his snare,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Renee Green said in a September news release announcing Pratt’s inclusion on the list and the $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
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