Inside Exodus Cry: The Shady Evangelical Group With Trump Ties Waging War on Pornhub

Those picketing and launching online “anti-trafficking” campaigns against the porn supersite are part of a strange anti-porn operation with ties to Trump and the Christian right.

At first glance, the small group assembled outside Pornhub’s L.A. office might have looked like employees. They surrounded the building in black T-shirts with white script, framed by the adult site’s signature orange box. Instead of the standard logo, however, the tees read “Traffickinghub.”

The sparse and socially distant protest, which happens every week, had been organized by the West Coast arm of Knock Out Abuse, the domestic violence nonprofit whose annual gala, once called a “designer bachelorette party” by the Washington Post, attracts a roster of D.C. insiders and corporate executives—including Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, and Wolf Blitzer.

The protest’s catalyst, however, was not a member of KOA: a blonde woman named Laila Mickelwait. Mickelwait, who arrived in Traffickinghub attire, describes herself as someone who has been combating the issue of sex trafficking for about the last decade. Back in February, Mickelwait published an op-ed in The Washington Examiner titled “Time to shut Pornhub down.”

The piece laid out alleged instances of exploitation on the platform to argue that the adult tube site harbored “hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of underage sex-trafficking victims.” The alleged intention was raising awareness about exploitation and trafficking. But after some positive feedback, she turned it into a campaign. The first move was a petition, titled: “Shut Down Pornhub and Hold Its Executives Accountable for Aiding Trafficking.”