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2021 Dirty Dozen List: Visa – Watch List

Studio-Produced Pornography Can Still be Sex Trafficking—Take Action and Help Visa Understand

In late 2020, following the publication of the New York Times article which brought awareness of Pornhub’s abusive practices into mainstream media, Visa rightly decided to stop processing credit card payments for the Pornhub site. NCOSE applauded Visa’s action at the time, and still does. However, we were disappointed to learn shortly afterwards that Visa…

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Visa Processing Payments for Brothels, Sugar Dating, and OnlyFans

Proof of Visa Processing Payment for Brothels in Nevada: January 6 2021 Bunny Ranch Brothel: Love Ranch Brothel: Proof of Visa Processing Payment for Seeking Arrangement: January 6 2021 Proof of Visa Processing Payment for OnlyFans: December 23 2020

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Corporations Making Changes: 2020 Victories to Celebrate 

February 9, 2021 is the global observance of Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day focuses on the idea that everyone plays an important role in making the internet better. To protect children online, and create a space where all are free from the harms of sexual abuse and exploitation, we all—families, corporations, governments—play an important…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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