Full Disclosure: Melissa King Unfairly Outed by Porn Company with Possible Ties to Arms Deals, Racketeering

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There are many sacred trusts that should never be broken between an adult production company and its performers. But this week, GirlsDoPorn (NSFW, dum dum), broke the most sacred: compromising the identity of one of its performers (somewhat loud link, discussing the news). It just so happens that that performer is former Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King, an undoubted publicity ploy made by GDP at the expense of King’s personal and professional welfare.

If you haven’t heard, last week King retired her Miss Delaware Teen crown after GDP posted a 5-minute teaser of the King video, touting her pageantry title and all. As soon as Redditors caught wind, they made sure the video was front-page-of-the-internet news, and along with it, that King’s identity and career were compromised. But the real story: why did King’s former employer out her? No one’s seemed to even consider asking.

It may surprise readers to know this, but the porn industry has actually gotten a lot more ethical since the advent of VHS, which was crucial in porn’s proliferation out of movie-houses and into living rooms across America. While shady business dealings and work environments certainly still exist, porn companies have a lot more eyes holding them accountable these days thanks to social media, competition from independently produced porn (NSFW), and sex-worker outreach programs. Yes, Kink.com has an HR department.

Today, any respectable porn company knows that it must respect its performers back – and trust is key in that relationship. In 1988, Congress enacted the 2257 Regulations, which state that no one under the age of 18 may perform in pornographic media, and that records must be obtained and retained demonstrating proof of age for those performers. Two forms of identification have to be provided by the performer, along with all former names and aliases said performer may have used. This means that in order to perform for a porn company, they have to know exactly who you are, regardless of what name you may be using in their productions. As a performer, you understand that your employer is legally obligated to obtain this information. As the porn producer, you understand that the identity of your employee is highly sensitive information. Compromising it would not only be unethical, it could post serious safety risks to your employee.

All celebrities, by definition, have strong followings. And any celebrity knows that along with that celebrity they are sacrificing elements of their personal life. But from relentless paparazzi (whom Joseph Gordon-Levitt deals with masterfully), to obsessed fans, it’s clear that an appropriate line between the public and personal lives of celebrities consistently fails to be respected.

But that line is different, and far more consequential for sex workers. Verbal, physical, and emotional abuse, and yes – even murder, are very real threats that sex workers face. And yet there’s been historically little media which brings light to this fact; more often than not it’s the media itself which suggests violence against sex workers is okay – portraying sex workers as worthless, unskilled, and shameful. Far be it from me to advocate censorship in the context of comedy, but the disposable sex worker trope – wherein the victim is further vilified, is not only hackneyed, it displays a lack of prowess necessary to navigate a delicate topic in any insightful manner.

And whatever physical and emotional abuse sex workers are able to escape – the longterm career consequences are irrefutable. Yes, there are instances of Kim Kardashians, and YouPorn has publicly offered King $250k to become their spokesperson. But those instances are few and far between. I know and have interviewed many, many sex workers. And most struggle to find work outside of the industry once their identity is compromised. It’s not because they’re unqualified, or disagreeable, or some sex-crazed monster that’s going to mount Jim in Accounting. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. One of the largest hurdles former sex workers face is that their prospective future co-workers don’t know how to treat them appropriately. Pornstar Jane isn’t going to mount Jim in Accounting, but Jim in Accounting sure as hell might make inappropriate advances towards Jane – and guess what happens when Jane complains to HR? Jim, Backward Corp’s CFO who has a wife and 20 years with the company, now has to be let go. Did Jane do anything wrong by complaining? She sure didn’t, but it would be healthier for Backward Corp’s profit margins and overall public image to just avoid Jim’s own moral impotence and pass on Jane as a candidate. And guess what? Jane’s never told why she was passed on, so as job after job passes on her, she begins to think that maybe she’s incompetent, and goes back to the work that’s willing to accept her.

So until sex work is recognized as legitimate, legal, and respectable work, the threat of violence and career-suicide is too great to let one’s anonymity be compromised by anyone other than the sex worker themselves. Which brings us back to those 2257 regulations.

Who GirlsDoPorn.com Might Really Be
The owners of GirlsDoPorn had to (and should have) known Melissa King’s true identity. But as a company who must adhere to 2257 laws, they hold an ethical (and what should be a legal) responsibility to preserve King’s anonymity. Speaking of which – why is it that GirlsDoPorn is so intent on outing their performers, while similarly maintaining their own anonymity? I’ll tell you why.

If Bubblegum Casting is hiring models to sell its own apparel that it doesn’t sell, someone should reevaluate its business model.

According to GirlsDoPorn.com’s 2257 page, their Custodian of Records is located in Port Vila, Vanuatu. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of the archipelagic island nation located 1,100 miles off of Australia that is Vanuatu? Well that’s funny, because it’s where “Sir” “Professor” Geoffrey Taylor runs a whole host of shell companies linked to arms trades, tax fraud, and general shadiness. The name of the business that Geoffrey Taylor uses to run these companies? GT Group, LTD. That’s right! The SAME company listed as the Custodian of Records on the GirlsDoPorn website!

But something else caught my eye on their 2257 page. GDP claims its actual incorporated name is Bubblegum Films, Inc. That name sounded really familiar to me. And then I remembered how I’d run across a Craigslist post last year from a supposed modeling agency looking for models with “no experience” who they’d be shooting right from day 1. Even more suspicious, they claimed they’d be paying the models $1500 for the shoot. The name of that company? Bubblegum Casting. If the pubescent feel of the “modeling agency”‘s name and site aren’t enough to give you pause, consider this: sources say King was paid $1500 for her GDP shoot – exactly the same amount I saw in the Bubblegum posting – and the same amount Bubblegum says they pay on their own Facebook page. Furthermore, both GDP and Bubblegum share the same, rather obscure domain registrar information. But nowhere on Bubblegum’s page does it mention that models are applying to engage in adult modeling, but instead focuses on the comfortable environment created for aspiring models who have zero experience. All of its promotional videos show photoshoots exclusively of models wearing the Bubblegum apparel in extremely low-budget shoots – not a very lucrative business model considering Bubblegum doesn’t even sell merchandise.

So what? Some shady porn company might be recruiting models in a shady manner and heavily tied in with shady business dealings in a tiny country, far, far away from the Department of Justice. Who cares? The entire sex industry – including its consumers should care. GDP compromised the trust of one of its contracted employees. And it did so without warning, entirely predicated on the notion of taking advantage of and misleading its employee, and it did so while preserving the identity of its male performer (in fact no male faces are ever shown in the GDP videos), while also censoring its very own company name in the 2257 video of King it released. GDP is effectively saying “come work for us, and we’ll create unsafe work conditions for you.” It’s perpetuating all of the stereotypes of the porn world that are keeping porn from ever being accepted in the mainstream: stereotypes that it’s nefarious, that it has no respect for its performers, that it is shameful.

Of course Melissa King could’ve been much smarter in how she went about this. But she was 18. Who isn’t incredibly naive and dumb at 18? The pageantry that she loves so much – the pageant that forced her to resign her crown – is arguably no less the embodiment of prostituting oneself. I’ve never felt like such a whore as when I when I worked in advertising, and I’ve sucked dick for money. So in a way, I feel like most of America is engaging in a form of prostitution. And if that’s legal, perhaps we should show a little more compassion to all of the sex workers in America, and start holding the corporate pimps pulling the strings – the ones actually acting without ethics – a little more accountable.
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Eric Barry is a San Francisco comedian, writer, and founder of Full Disclosure, a media site dedicated to sex and comedy. He is a self-professed beer snob and pesto aficionado, and is incapable of lying, which has led to him shooting himself in the foot many times. He is currently seeking bulletproof shoes and thinks you and he would go great with fondue.
  • http://none Jerad Metzler

    hey Eric,there is one thing that caught my eye. the part about GDP keeping the identity of the men a secret.i have seen 16 of there full films in HD from torrents i found and i have seen some of the guys faces so that much is not true.hell i even saw the so called porn directors face in the latest episode posted on there site from last week.its the second one under the black chick on the tour page.page one.the blond girls is giving the same guy who had sex with Melissa king oral.then the camera goes in for a closeup in front of a mirror next to the bed in the hotel.thats when for about maybe a second we see his reflection in the mirror and his face is completely visible l i have to do is is covert the video into stills and i will show you there faces.just give me your email address so i can send them to you.i also did some researche on this site http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2013/03/miss-delawares-porn-company-connected-to-arms-dealers-and-drug-traffickers which is your friend VINCE MANCINI read it and tell me what you think about of it!

  • http://none Jerad Metzler

    mine is the longest one second to last in comments!

  • Jerry

    You really should be more responsible in accusing them of outing her – because it’s absolutely not what happened. She was outed by many underground channels and then the mainstream media before GDP said anything.

    Maybe next time do research? I dunno just a suggestion.

  • http://www.ericbarrycomedy.com Eric Barry – Cashless Comedian

    ^ Jerry – sources would be great. Also, regardless, the responsible thing for a legitimate company of any sort to do is to protect its employees. Also, read the rest of the article. Legitimate and morally-compassed are not adjectives associated with any of Lord Doctor Geoffrey King-Butt Talyor’s dealings.

  • Django

    Eric, pleased to have found you!
    D’ya have anything on porn Mogul Pierre Woodman? Other than he’s a French-speaker, and worked a spell for Larry Flint.
    He is a psychopathic, mysoginistic,narcissist, with an especially brutal exploitative bent.
    His practically ‘free’ promo videos are recorded using a static hidden camera, then posted online without the girls permission.

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  • Observer

    I’ve noticed that the men in the GDP videos are of Latin maybe Mexican
    origin. SanDiego is close to the Mexican border. There must be a way to find
    Out who these guys are? I would be grateful if you could do that.

  • Anonymous

    Observer,

    They have about 4 guys that run the show in San Diego. The main guy (you said is Mexican) who does the porn is from Chicago. These guys have a lot of tricks that like to do to keep themselves protected but I hope one day someone does something about them and shuts them down. The least they could do is be honest about their business practices.

    I just know that the girls aren’t being educated about the company or what they really get themselves into.

  • Suzanne

    This is hilarious…. I did notice her feet at first glance…. i thought they were pretty proportional to her height… looking at how long her legs are and how tall she might be…. I have concluded that her feet are normal size… lol

    Anyways… i found this blog by someone name David (might be related to the david under the yelp review haha)
    http://davidhiggins.me/general/bubblegum-casting-is-not-a-scam/
    He specifies that the company is not a scam… when a company has a website explaining why it is not scam makes the whole thing look even scammier… lol just like how multi-level marketing companies have to contantly claim that they are legit haha
    I think david there tried to sound professional…. he definitely busted his dictionary, but the whole article is horrible. It is definitely a crappy attempt in using technical words to make his article sound legit. lol…. a high schooler can write better than that…

  • Observer

    Anonymous

    I said the “stunt clocks ” are all Latin, maybe Mexican. The one who
    banged Melissa has been replaced by a guy who shoots a big wad and
    Has a larger shaft. Melissa’s banger was a dribbler and had trouble staying up.
    He also was not particularly handsome. The new guy often is kissed by the
    Girls so he must be better looking.

  • David

    Yeah I have noticed the scenes are more intense and the models seem to kiss him a lot more

  • bill

    hope 2 c melissa king & belle knox do a scene together