“We will not stop” as long as the videos continue to be posted on these sites and there are people who “continue to profit,” said Paloma Maseda Díaz, spokesman for the 87 whistleblowers in this case that dates back to August 2019, at the popular A Maruxaina party in San Cibrao (Galicia, northwest).
That summer, unbeknownst to them, more than 100 women, some of them minors, were filmed on the street when they crouched down to urinate.
A year later, when clicking on a link with the name of the popular party, a man from the region fell on a porn site that contained a video in which he recognized his girlfriend and her cousin, says Paloma Maseda Díaz, who was also recorded.
In total, more than 110 women, in six different videos, were identified on sites with paid content for adults, according to the spokeswoman.
“The person who recorded us knew exactly where to put the cameras,” five in total, according to her.
In the summer of 2020, about 100 women filed a class action for violating the right to privacy and illegal commercialization of pornographic content.
On March 15, the local court in the neighboring town of Viveiro refused to open an investigation, considering that there was no crime because it was recorded by women urinating in a public place, “where they could be seen by anyone who passed by. “, according to the court decision consulted by AFP.
“The judge decided to close the case because it was on a public road,” said Mary Fraga, president of the “Women in Equality” association.
Fraga added that the events took place “in a blind alley” and that the cameras were placed “with forethought”.
The whistleblowers appealed the decision and organized a demonstration last Sunday to protest the court’s decision. Hundreds of people attended the event, according to organizers.
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