This Is How BangBros Made a Porno Featuring a 15-Year-Old Beauty Queen and a Murderer

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The last thing the director did before shouting "action" was serve Amber a slice of pizza. She understands now that it was a ploy: one final nod to normalcy before upending her life forever. But back then, at age 15, she was too distracted by the party and the promise of easy money to realize she had been duped into porn.

At first, she was told she would be in a music video, then that she'd be an extra in a strip scene. Sit in the background and smile, she recalls being told. All for an easy $100. Instead, the teen beauty queen soon found herself having sex on camera with a man nearly twice her age -- a man who would be accused of murder.

"I was manipulated," says Amber, now 18 years old. "They were putting digits in my face and throwing a good-looking guy at me. I was 15 and surrounded by temptation. It messed up my whole life."

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Amber (not her real name) isn't alone. At least two other underage girls have appeared in films for Miami porn mogul Jeffrey Greenberg in the past three years, according to court and police records. Amber says the real number might be much higher.

Technically, of course, this is child pornography, and making it could carry up to ten years in prison. But for Greenberg, that risk appears to be just the cost of doing business. A certified public accountant who has never been convicted of a crime, he has become one of the biggest players in porn over the past decade.

As manager or director of Miami's two biggest sex studios, BangBros and Reality Kings, he presides over an estimated $18 million empire. His name is behind scores of websites specializing in everything from MILFs to Latinas to something titled Team Squirt. And because his companies film thousands of women per year, he is almost single-handedly responsible for South Florida's emergence as an epicenter of adult film.

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When underage girls such as Amber get pulled into this vortex of vice, lawyers for Reality Kings or BangBros sometimes pay them to shut up, police and court records show. She won't divulge how much she received because she's afraid of losing the money, but her anger is audible in her carefully chosen words. "What they did to me was very, very wrong."

Neither Greenberg nor his attorneys would speak to New Times about claims by Amber and the other two girls. "BangBros takes age verification procedures very seriously," a spokeswoman told New Times.

Amber's nightmare began in January 2011. She was still in junior high, but the cute Cuban-American already looked far older than 15. Her dark hair spilled over a curvy frame, which the outgoing teen frequently flaunted in bikinis and tight dresses.

Her family wasn't so much broken as never formed in the first place. Less than a year after she was born in 1995, her 22-year-old, unmarried mother accused Amber's father of domestic violence. Seventeen months later, she sued him for paternity.

With her single mother working all the time, Amber was raised by her grandparents near Jackson Memorial Hospital. But the elderly couple's quaint apartment couldn't contain her. She began going to whatever clubs would let her in. It was the dark side to her beauty pageants, in which she would parade around in bathing suits and flash Vaseline smiles.

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stephensutherland
stephensutherland

Great Story. (1) It solves the mystery of the Dancing Bear incentives $400 vs $1,100 dollars.   (2)  It shows what happens when girls grow up without parental guidance and many carefully chosen positive outlets - especially in a place like Miami where there is a porn industry actively recruiting young girls every single day.


It's great that we have special laws that protect ladies under 18 years of age so they can focus on being high school students and determine their identity and place in the world. 


However, girls mature faster than boys. This 15 year old girl, went in to get money and that's exactly what she walked away with.  Her decision making process was identical to 25 and 35year old ladies who make the same decisions every day. 


Ladies should be held equally accountable for their own decisions, especially when it comes to decisions they make for financial and social gain.  Ladies should not be encouraged to take no responsibility for their actions. 

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I'd rather have my kids watch porn than go to church. Sex is natural and a good think. Church is dangerous.

desbest
desbest

I have no sympathy for the woman. She willingly chose to do it. 

What's so wrong about being filmed to have sex anyway, if that's what you want? That's like me consensually having sex with a woman, and then saying it was rape afterwards. You can't withdraw consent retroactively, and you can't withdraw a film after being paid for it.

"She won't divulge how much she received because she's afraid of losing the money" This woman needs to be sued for giving false identification.

LadyJova
LadyJova

It's only an issue because she got caught by Abuelo...que pena!  If not she'd still be slobbing the knob for $100.  She knew exactly what she was getting herself into.  Bye "Amber"

idiots
idiots

you idiots think that porn company wants to shoot under age girls like they want to be in court waisting money on lawyers or being sued like its cool or something...yes they make there money on new young pretty faces but they do everything above and beyond to make sure thees girls are of age....theres something to be said about her being 15 and being "TALKED IN TO PORN"she's the one that went thru with getting a fake id she was old enough to make that decision on her own so she knew exactly what she wanted to do.

dmoney114
dmoney114

Mr Miller. I am truly torn. Is it possible to get two Pulitzer prizes in one year? I really think you have a shot with this article and with your other article titled "Miami Man Says Bikram Yoga Broke His Back, Forced Him to Smoke Weed to Cope"

They are both just so good that I have trouble deciding on which will get you the prestigious prize that all journalists literally die for. 

I guess as long as the judges never see this page where you get called out for horrible fact checking over and over again. You really might have a shot.

http://www.myvoicenation.com/MikeMillerMiami



Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

BangBros are degenerates. New Times, do you REALLY think this was the first time they did anything like this..or just the first time they got caught?

Cristina Ojeda
Cristina Ojeda

CLEARLY she did not have the best upbringing or support from her parents but you choose to blame her for that??? do you all even remember what kind of idiots we ALL were at that age? do you have daughters?!? she was taken advantage of by MEN. she was a CHILD & they were MEN regardless of how "fast" or "rebellious" she was! i am APPALLED by these responses ESPECIALLY since they're mostly coming from men! pigs.

mikemoskos1
mikemoskos1

I tend to agree with the others: she knew what she was doing, but now realizes it was a huge mistake. It will take some time before she gets over the humiliation. (Her best move is a line from Mad Men: Don Draper advising Peggy on her out of wedlock child: walk away from this, pretend it never happened. "You'll be surprised how easy it will be.")  I also empathize with the business: what is the amount of age verification is necessary?

BUT, let's be realistic. If the business entity with its cadre of (presumably well heeled) lawyers were not the intermediary, these guys would be paraded all over the local TV news news as the most disgusting pedophiles ever. I can see Channel 10's Laurie Jennings suburban mom scowl now. And distributing child pornography?  Life in jail with no chance of parole. Thousands would be cheering for their perpetual rape in jail. 

Clearly, prosecutions take place only when the pickings are easy. 

Brownie Izaguirre
Brownie Izaguirre

I'm sorry but, what was she doing talking to ANY man at 15 and putting herself in this "environment" to begin with. A 15 year old has 2 places to be at: home and school.

Christopher Carlson
Christopher Carlson

It's her on fault. If you want to parade around using a fake id to get your self into adult situations, this is the kind of situation you can get yourself into. The porn company should sue the parents for not raising their daughter to know better than to get herself in this kind of situation.

Kris Jovani Alvarez
Kris Jovani Alvarez

She wasn't victimized. She put herself through it, she made her choices. She could have said no to the sex. Who has sex on camera for a "music video" anyway? It sounds like she's making her case for being a victim now. But if there's cameras involved and someone's asking you to have sex with a stranger in front of one, maybe you should sit and add up all the variables in the situation. If you're alright with it, then why play the victim card? P. S.- The ringleader of all this is a real son of a bitch, no doubt about it, but she's not a moron either. She did it for the money, she only played herself.

Ryan Vanderbilt Bauhaus
Ryan Vanderbilt Bauhaus

Im with Sha. As sad as this may be, Im sure her life (per article) was "messed up" already if all it took was a slice of pizza and $100!

Cristina Ojeda
Cristina Ojeda

this is & has always been a DISGUSTING company even in the already gross, sad & victimizing sex industry. i feel like punching people in the face when i see them wear these tshirts.

MikeMillerMiami
MikeMillerMiami

@Kris Jovani Alvarez She was 15 years old. 15. She couldn't even buy a pack of cigarettes and you want to blame her for being coerced into appearing in porn? Pretty harsh.

Chauncy Riley
Chauncy Riley

@MikeMillerMiami i'm calling b.s. because at 15 the average teen has way more sense. Although I'm against the child pornography, you can't justify this particular situation. She had to know something was up.... come on, surrounded by temptation? Let me help you out here: 

Temptation:

a desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise he resisted the temptation to call Celia at the office we almost gave in to temptation.

She had the option of resisting and upon other things ... where was the parents in all of this? They obviously didn't take time to teach this child something... I was never away from my parents long enough to film a porn...  

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