STATEMENT – Credit Card Companies Must Cease Processing Payments for Pornhub 

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Visa, Discover, Diners Club Must Stop Profiting from Child Rape, Says NCOSE  

Washington, DC (December 7, 2020)  The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is urging major credit card companies to immediately cease processing payments for Pornhub, which profits from child sexual abuse material, according to The New York Times.

Right now on Pornhub there are videos depicting rape, incest, racial degradation, kidnapping, and more. The Times reported, “It [Pornhub] monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags.”

“Visa, Discover, Diners Club International, and other credit card companies must stop profiting from child rape, revenge pornography, and other abuses by ceasing to process payments from Pornhub. Failure to do so means that these companies are complicit in these crimes,” said Dawn Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Credit card companies must end their partnerships with Pornhub immediately.”

Earlier in 2020, NCOSE and its subsidiary, the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE), along with advocates in 13 countries, sent a joint letter to major credit card and payment processing companies requesting them to stop processing payments for the hardcore pornography industry – the first international effort to do so.

Visa was named to NCOSE’s 2020 Dirty Dozen List of mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation because of its association with Pornhub and similar sites.  

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national non-partisan organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography.  

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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