FBI offers $10K reward for help finding fugitive in massive child-porn scheme

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of a New Zealand man who reportedly left his pet cat behind when he went on the run in a $17 million sex-trafficking and online child-pornography scheme in southern California.

Michael James Pratt, 37, is accused of using “force, fraud and coercion” to get young woman and minors to engage in sex acts for the “GirlsDoPorn” and “GirlsDoToys” websites between 2012 and 2019, according to the bureau.

After recruiting victims through online ads for clothes-modeling jobs, Pratt, a partner and several accomplices allegedly offered them $3,000 to $5,000 each to participate in one-day pornographic video shoots and falsely assured them the material would only be distributed to private collectors on DVDs and wound never be posted online.

Some who refused weren’t allowed to leave until they complied, while others were sexually assaulted, the FBI said.

The websites generated more than $17 million in revenue before a warrant was issued for Pratt’s arrest in November, the FBI said.

Pratt fled his home in Hidden Meadows, California, last year, leaving his cat in the care of a pet-sitting service he hired to check in daily, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Following his disappearance, criminal charges were filed against Pratt and several co-defendants in San Diego federal court, and he was also slapped with a $12.7 million verdict in a civil case brought by 22 women whose pornographic videos were posted online, the Union-Tribune said.

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