US porn makers are being sued for $22m (£17.5m) over allegations that they lied and coerced a group of young women into making “amateur-style” pornographic films.

In court this week, a woman known as Jane Doe 1 described how the humiliation led to her abandoning her career in law and drove her to two suicide attempts.

After details of the women were published on WikiPorn, with social media and in-depth personal information, a campaign of anonymous harassment began that included the films being sent to their friends and family.

Since 19 August the San Diego superior court has been hearing evidence from the women, Jane Doe 1 and 21 others. The women argue that their lives were “destroyed” after the San Diego business GirlsDoPorn released the films online – the women say the company promised the films would only be seen anonymously on specialist DVDS.

GirlsDoPorn is an adult subscription services launched in 2006 by New Zealander Michael Pratt. Filmed in homes and hotels and caravan parks, videos on GirlsDoPorn…

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