Former pornstar Mia Khalifa on porn industry: it will “haunt me until I die”

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Pornstar Mia Khalifa on pornography: it will

One of the internet’s most searched women, former porn star Mia Khalifa talks about the toxicity and disgrace of the porn industry.

The 27-years old recently on TikTok advised women that no one should, under any circumstance, turn to the industry, that to her has been the most “toxic” and “uncharacteristic” days of her life.

“That hourly dissociative attack from remembering hundreds of millions of people’s only impression of you is solely based on the lowest, most toxic, most uncharacteristic three months of your life when you were 21,” she wrote in a post.

A Poised Khalifa during an interview (Image courtesy of BBC HARDtalk via Youtube)

The Lebanese-Swedish earlier revealed how in 2014, eleven videos that were launched her on the porn industry in a span of 3-months, went on to affect her life in apparently irreversible ways.

She was only 21 at that time. Being an Arab from Lebanon, who was brought up in the US, Khalifa’s family used to be conservative and when they found her videos, she was disowned.

Khalifa, despite being one of PornHub’s most-searched-for names, and millions the aggregator websites earn from her videos, only received $12k as fees. She is to date threatened for death from her 2014’s infamous Hijab (Islamic headscarf) video where she was filmed at sex acts wearing the Islamic headscarf, that turned extremely provocative to her community.

She said in an interview that before the shooting for the hijab scene she told the makers “you guys are going to get me killed,” but they laughed off. The former XXX-star now regularly attends therapy to deal with the emotional toll and the consequences of bullying.

“The stares I get, I feel like people can see through my clothes and it brings me deep shame. It makes me feel like I lost all rights to my privacy, which I did because I was one Google search away.”

-Mia Khalifa via BBC HardTalk

Mia Khalifa and her team have since repeatedly tried to take the videos down from the platforms at are still available, but have been unsuccessful.

She and her team have even tried to compensate the current owners of her domain name and videos to pull them down but at no avail.

Will haunt me till I die

In an interview with the BBC, Mia Khalifa revealed how after she left the industry over her brief involvement on a few videos, her Instagram account was hacked by ‘ISIS’ sympathizers, and propaganda was posted all over. The account was later taken down by Instagram.

Speaking about her fling with the industry, which she did not have any idea of, she said she was spotted by a porn industry worker, who under oblivion approached her with an offer for ‘modeling’ because she had a ‘great body.’ And when she reached a studio in Miami it did not have the slightest hint of anything dark.

“It was a gorgeous location, in Miami, Florida, it was clean, everyone who worked there was nice, all of their cubicles were decorated with family photos…it’s nothing dodgy or that made me uncomfortable […]” Khalifa told the BBC’s Stephen Sackur in an interview about her first encounter with the industry.

In a recent response to a person who bought a conversation about her and exploitation of women in the porn industry, Mia Khalifa wrote: “Those 11 videos will haunt me until I die, and I don’t want another girl to go through that – because no one should.”

TrafficingHub

A campaign launched by anti-trafficking expert Laila Mickelwait called the ‘TraffickingHub’ has garnered over 1 million signatures from 193 countries. Her campaign against PornHub’s parent organization MindGeek is “a non-religious, non-partisan effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex-trafficking and exploitation of women and minors.”

Evidence suggests numerous videos that PornHub makes money with, are actual footages of child rape, abuse, and trafficking along with adult abuse and exploitation.

Inspired by the petition’s growing support of over 300 women’s rights, anti-trafficking, and child protection organizations and extensive media coverages, US Senator Ben Sasse wrote to attorney general William Barr demanding an investigation probe into MindGeek by the US Department of Justice.


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In February this year, the BBC published an article narrating a horrific story of a 14-year old girl who was raped for 12-hours, and later her video was found uploaded on PornHub. This is one of the many instances of PornHub cashing-in gruesome abuse on women and children and distributing them to billions globally, who apparently have no idea about what they’re ‘enjoying.’ Mickelwait’s campaign was started at the grassroots level since February.

Sign in to the TraffickingHub’s petition here, and know more about the campaign. Support Mia Khalifa in her war for justice here. And most importantly, you may support this whole sinister racket by ditching such sites.

Watch the full BBC HARDtalk interview here.

(Cover image courtesy of Mia Khalifa via Instagram)

While Mia takes “100%” responsibility for her choices, people’s choice as a whole to not endorse such crimes can truly make the difference. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.