Mum Pratt and Matt Wolf were best friends growing up.
Born a few months apart in 1982, the duo started elementary school in Christchurch together, but went to different schools in their teens.
Wolf was in Burnside, one of the largest co-educational colleges in the country, while Pratt attended the Christchurch Moms traditional school.
The final years of their formal education coincided with the "Dotcom" bubble of the late 1990s, a period of exponential growth in Internet adoption.
The Internet was the new Wild West; childhood friends decided to play cowboys.
So straight out of school, Pratt and Wolf entered the porn industry.
In 2000, they launched three websites: Wicked Movies, TeenieFlixxx and Kute Kittens.
The trio of "affiliate websites" show short, free content clips with a rating of X, where users will click through to subscription-only porn sites.
The business model was simple: Pratt and Wolf earned a web traffic commission that they directed to paid pages.
One of the platforms to which TeenieFlixxx was linked was teenage, twisted porn.
The women who filmed having sex in their hotel rooms were not professional porn stars, but inexperienced teenagers who "looked like a neighborhood girl".
The angle of amateur teenagers appealing to Pratt. Six years later, he decided to cut the middle man.
Pratt took steps to produce pornography for his subscription website, GirlsDoPorn, featuring young women aged 18 to 22 who had never appeared in adult videos before. And he promised not to do so in the future.
"This is the one and only time they do porn," the website proudly boasts.
Pratt, who was not a citizen of the United States, sought professional help in setting up a network of international companies to exchange income overseas.
After establishing a network of entities, Pratt left New Zealand to begin filming in the United States.
He needed a male "actor" and found Doug Wiederhold through an ad for Craigslist. The couple have been partners ever since.
For two years, Pratt and Wiederhold traveled from city to city, so shoot sex scenes in hotel rooms around the country.
By 2009, they finally had enough videos to start a subscription service from San Diego, California, where Wolf joined them two years later.
The concept of GirlsDoPorn was a hit. While the site was only for subscribers locked up, GirlsDoPorn was marketed for free sharing – short video clips of some of the busiest websites in the world.
These videos have been viewed 1 billion times, according to court documents, not to mention the pirated versions that generated views in the hundreds of millions.
In 2014, Pratt launched two spin-offs: Mom POV, featuring older amateur women, with Wiederhold – who moved to Las Vegas – and Girls Make Wolf Toys.
According to the websites, the websites generated $ 17 million in revenue.
While not everyone would be proud of the porn empire, two Christchurch colleagues have built a successful business from scratch in the global industry.
But according to civic-class action – and now the FBI – that success was built on tissue lies that destroyed the lives of at least 22 girls.
The women, just like Janeine Doe from 1 to 22, claim to have been tricked into engaging in pornography with the reassurance that the videos will not be available on the Internet.
In response to the civil claim, through his lawyer, Pratt denied the allegations and said the women "failed to carry out ordinary and reasonable care on their behalf."
According to court documents filed on behalf of the 22 women, they responded to Craiglist's "benign" ads with links to websites offering work as models.
There was no mention of nudity or sex.
"Fake" websites have allowed Pratt and Wolf to sift through the personal details and photos of thousands of aspiring models who would never respond to pornography advertising.
"[GirlsDoPorn] sift through the submissions … for the youngest and most attractive victims and rate the women – Grades A, B, C and D – the younger and more attractive, the higher the score, "the civil affidavit says.
After talking to women over the phone, GirlsDoPorn tells them that they produce adult videos that are only distributed on DVD in New Zealand and Australia to small video stores or private collectors.
The women, many struggling financially, were offered payments of between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000, as well as "all expenses" travel to San Diego.
"They constantly assure victims that they will never post videos online and that women will remain anonymous," according to the civil affidavit.
To help convince them, the women were given the contact details of other women hired by GirlsDoPorn to give "recommendations."
"Unknown to the victims, [GirlsDoPorn] pay the references and train them on what to say and more importantly what not to say, "according to the civil claim.
After being persuaded to film the scenes, the women flew to San Diego and would be flown to their airport and then driven to a hotel room.
Once there, they would meet "athonathan" or "Joshua" – the alleged pseudonyms of Pratt and Wolf, respectively – and Andy Garcia, the man who would have sex with them.
They were given a contract, which women say was under pressure to sign before they read it.
"They said they would tell her everything in the deal," the FBI said in an affidavit.
"They said the agreements meant 'she can't get off and become a porn star.' Since she had no interest in becoming one, she signed the documents. "
Some women also claimed that they were not allowed to leave hotel rooms, or that the exits were blocked with camera equipment.
Some claimed to have been forced to perform certain sexual acts that they refused to perform, others claimed to have been sexually assaulted. One woman claims she was raped.
To add insult to injury, women were often paid thousands of dollars less than they were promised for perceived physical stains such as bruising or cellulite.
Of course, the videos were posted on the Internet and, given the popularity of porn, it soon went viral.
To their horror, women's identities soon become known to their closest and dearest.
"Hobbyists and jokers in forums, blogs and chat rooms publish the victim's social media and private information seeking to 'bring out' the victim as a whore, whore or prostitute," according to the civil claim.
"In a matter of days, the video has been shared and viewed by everyone at the victim's college, high school, hometown and place of employment."
Some lost their jobs, were fired from home or university, or, as in one case, a teenage beauty teen was stripped of her title.
All complaints to GirlsDoPorn were ignored, or they were threatened with legal action for defamation or breach of contract.
The lives of hundreds of women have been destroyed by alleged fraud, according to civil claims; GirlsDoPorn says women have agreed to distribute it online through the contracts.
For three years, the civil lawsuit, filed in 2016, was delayed before a Supreme Court hearing in the state of California.
Only this year, Pratt tried to block the process by filing for bankruptcy.
This was successfully opposed by Brian Holm, a lawyer from San Diego who represented 22 Jane Daly, who outlined the deliberate tactics in Pratt's text messages.
The six-week trial went ahead in late August, though Pratt ignored an invitation to testify in court. Now 36, Pratt has said he has returned to New Zealand to be with his family.
"It's like catching a killer on the border with beard and dyed hair," Holm told the court.
"It would be relevant to guilt awareness if you talk about leaving the country where you have been living for 12 years because of a civil lawsuit."
But Pratt was out of the tray pan and on fire.
Just last week, following evidence in a civil case, including Wolf's testimony, the criminal charge of fraud or coercion of sex trafficking was filed by the well-known Federal Bureau of Investigation.
FBI charges carry a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison.
Wolf, now 37, is in custody. Pratt is officially a fugitive.
His mother Sharon remarried with a new last name. Her current husband declined to comment, or pass on the phone when contacting the Herald on Sunday.
"We don't know where he is. You have to ask those questions. "