Police have raided a major Melbourne porn business. Detectives raided five premises as part of Operation Refuge, seizing computers containing footage of women allegedly performing hardcore, which is ludicrously illegal to produce in Victoria.
Police raided the Fitzroy head office of G Media - which provides material for the well known abbywinters.com website - and arrested its director, Garion Hall.
It is believed Hall denies any wrongdoing.
Yesterday's raids came after the Herald Sun snitched to police with a dossier of information about the allegedly illegal porn G Media, and companies associated with it.
G Media is believed to receive about $30 a month from 30,000 subscribers to its website, which contains more than 370,000 explicit images and almost 4000 sex videos.
The company specialises in filming female teenage students and backpackers in Melbourne and has explicit photographs and videos of almost 1200 young women on its website, many listed as being aged 18 and 19.
Police have seen a copy of a driver's licence of one G Media nude model, allegedly showing she was 17 when photographed. It is not known if Hall knew of her age.
Hall was later released, but possibly faces charges of making objectionable films for gain, which carries a maximum jail term of two years. Each of G Media's 30 employees could also be charged with the same offence.
Yarra CIU Sen-Det Steven Boskovski said police were likely to make more arrests.
We're still identifying the hierarchy involved, he said. We're very satisfied with the content we've secured.
Garion Hall Statement
Based on article
The director of G Media, Garion Hall, has issued a statement about a police raid on his company this week.
Hall said yesterday morning (Monday 15 June, 2009) Victoria Police acted on a warrant to search the premises of the adult web business AbbyWinters.com. The raid was instigated by a tabloid journalist from the Herald Sun. The journalist has written about
AbbyWinters.com in the past, trying to encourage authorities to act.
Hall said no charges have been laid by the police and that no hardware was seized. Police were supplied with copies of all information that they requested and they (the police) were polite and amiable.
He appreciates the support of Eros, staff, website members and models, and is hopeful of a successful outcome.
Eros Executive Officer, Fiona Patten, told me that Eros fully supports their long term member and their right to provide non-violent erotica.
Comment: Police Wanking Over Abby Winters Raid
25th June 2009. Thanks to Alan
I particularly liked the quote from the plod:
"We're still identifying the hierarchy involved," he said. "We're very satisfied with the content we've secured."
Glad to know the coppers enjoyed their J Arthur over the material they'd grabbed.
Note by the way that the Abby Winters site contains only nude, girl/girl and masturbation material. To my, non-antipodean eyes, the site looks like mildly transgressive erotica - with such stuff as groups of girls exercising nude. The only mildly
disturbing, if not entirely unexpected, feature is that "Abby Winters", a supposed Aussie Suze Randall, doesn't really exist. The site owner is a bloke.
Update: Nothing Illegal Found
10th November 2009. See article
Banned Porn Round Up November 7, 2009
In June 2009 the Victorian police raided offices Abby Winters following a story written by a Herald Sun journalist. The Richmond branch of the Victorian police submitted 8 DVDs to the Classification Board. In July all were passed with X18+ (Explicit Sex)
ratings, and none were Refused Classification.
Twenty-seven titles were then submitted by the Yarra branch of the Victorian police. In October all were passed with X18+ (Explicit Sex) ratings. Thirty-five titles in all, and not a single RC rating.
A total waste of police time and resources!