5. Imprisonment

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

The Commission received testimony and other evidence from individuals who reported that they had been kidnapped or held captive during the production of pornographic materials. For example, the woman who appeared in Deep Throat testified:

My name today is Linda Marchiano. Linda Lovelace was the name I bore during a two and a half year period of imprisonment. For those of you who don't know the name, Linda Lovelace was the victim of this so-called victim less crime. Used and abused by Mr. Traynor, her captor, she was forced through physical, mental, and sexual abuse and often at gunpoint and threats of her life to be involved with pornography.

I literally became a prisoner. I was not allowed out of his sight, not even to use the bathroom. Why, you may ask? Because there was a window in the bathroom.[815]

Well, at night what he would do is put his body over my body so that if I did try to get up he would wake up. And he was a very light sleeper. If I did attempt to move or roll over in my sleep he would awaken.[816]

A women's shelter wrote:

In another case, a woman was imprisoned in the house by her husband. He had a video cassette recorder. He would bring home pornographic movies, tie her to a chair and force her to act out what they were seeing on the screen. She was severely injured and came to our Shelter.[817]

Notes

  1. Public Hearings before Minneapolis City Council, Session II, (Dec. 1983), pp. 45, 46, 47.
  2. Public Hearings before Minneapolis City Council, Session I, (Dec. 1983), p. 56.
  3. Letter from Harriet Tubman Women's Shelter to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.