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2020 Dirty Dozen List: Visa

STATEMENT – Visa Prioritizes Profits from Abusive Pornography Industry  

Washington, DC (December 24, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) criticized Visa’s announcement that it would resume processing payments for MindGeek sites that “offer professionally produced adult studio content.” “The dark truth of Visa’s rosy announcement is that the company prioritizes profits from incest, racist, violent, and teen-themed pornography, the most common themes in professionally-produced…


How MindGeek monetizes Pornhub via algorithms and ads

BREAKING: Credit Card Companies Still Funding Pornhub via MindGeek’s TrafficJunky

[UPDATE – 12/15/2020] The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) received confirmation from Visa executives on December 15, 2020, that that their “financial institution partners who serve MindGeek have suspended processing of Visa payments for Pornhub and its affiliated merchants pending completion of [Visa’s] on-going investigation.” NCOSE has not yet heard back from Mastercard. It…


Mastercard and Visa Cut Ties with Pornhub

Pornhub Falling: Visa and Mastercard Cut Ties with MindGeek’s Cash Cow

With Visa and Mastercard’s closely-spaced announcements about cutting ties with Pornhub (Visa’s technically only committed to suspending payment processing for Pornhub pending an outcome in Visa’s own investigation) on December 10, 2020, the façade of impunity surrounding MindGeek’s internationally known and inherently exploitative cash cow has begun crumbling in earnest. Visa and Mastercard have made…


STATEMENT – Visa and Mastercard Cut Ties with Pornhub

National Center on Sexual Exploitation Calls Remaining Credit Card Companies to Follow  Washington, DC (December 10, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) commended Visa’s and Mastercard’s decisions to cut ties with Pornhub, following The New York Times investigation which highlighted how Pornhub profits from child sexual abuse material.   “Visa and Mastercard have made the right decision to…


STATEMENT – Credit Card Companies Must Cease Processing Payments for Pornhub 

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…


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STATEMENT – Dignity Defense Alert: PayPal Recognized for Severing Ties with Pornhub

Other Major Credit Card Companies Urged to Follow PayPal’s Lead Washington, DC (July 14, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is recognizing PayPal in its Dignity Defense Alert for severing ties with Pornhub in an industry-leading move. NCOSE’s Dignity Defense Alert is a new campaign to recognize the people, companies, and nonprofits,…


Card companies must stop processing payments for the exploitative pornography industry

International Coalition Calls on Major Card Companies to Cease Work with Porn Industry

As detailed in coverage from the BBC, an international coalition of child safety and anti-sexual exploitation organizations and advocates—spearheaded by our newly-launched International Centre on Sexual Exploitation (ICOSE)—has launched a trailblazing grassroots advocacy campaign against the exploitative hardcore pornography industry by sending a joint letter to major credit card and payment processing companies. The letter…


STATEMENT – Advocates in 13 Countries Call on Credit Card Companies to Stop Supporting the Pornography Industry

Joint Letter Led by The International Centre on Sexual Exploitation and The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Washington, DC (May 8, 2020) – Child safety and anti-sexual exploitation advocates and organizations from Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Denmark, England, India, Ireland, Liberia, Scotland, Sweden, Uganda, and the United States of America sent a joint letter this…


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Washington Examiner: Credit card companies should stop partnering with porn websites

Originally Published at The Washington Examiner By Haley McNamara How can mainstream credit card companies process payments for an industry that is virtually guaranteed to profit from rape and sex trafficking? Visa, Mastercard, and Discover partner with the pornography industry. For years, these credit card companies have processed payments for massive pornography websites such as…