Anti-Exploitation Group Calls on Visa, Mastercard to Stop Processing Pornhub Payments

By Michael W. Chapman | February 13, 2020 | 3:19pm EST
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( -- The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is calling on Visa and Mastercard to stop processing payments at Pornhub, a massively popular pornography website where numerous videos of at least one sex-trafficked girl, a minor, were posted. 

The girl, from South Florida, went missing nearly one year ago. She was eventually recognized on porn videos posted on Periscope, Snapchat, and Pornhub, reported Newsweek, and police recently arrested the man who allegedly trafficked the young lady. There were 58 videos featuring the girl. 


"Pornhub is founded on, and produces, sexual exploitation," said NCOSE President and CEO Patrick A. Trueman.  "Recent cases of sex-trafficked children and adults have been found on this website, and advocates have found a disturbing lack of age verification to even upload pornographic videos."

“But beyond these high-profile abuses, it's also important to recognize that Pornhub is filled with, and profiting from, pornography eroticizing incest, racism, and sexual violence against women," said Trueman. "And further, the porn industry inflicts trauma on pornography performers day-in and day-out."

"Research has shown that mainstream porn performers regularly experience physical trauma, mental health problems, health risks, and that they often exit the industry in financial insecurity," he said. 

“Because the pornography industry is both inextricably tied to sexual abuses and is exploitative within itself, we are calling on Visa and Mastercard to stop processing payments for pornography websites," said Trueman. 

"Other major payment systems, such as PayPal, have rejected profits from the sex industry by refusing to allow their system to be used by pornography websites," he added.  "Visa and Mastercard must do the same.”

(Screenshot, NCOSE)
(Screenshot, NCOSE)

The NCOSE also stated that Visa was named to its 2020 "Dirty Dozen List" for "partnering with the pornography industry by processing payments for pornography with themes of sexual violence, racism, incest, and the fetishization of minors."

According to SimilarWeb, Pornhub is the 11th most visited website in the world and the 7th most visited site in the United States. The U.S. makes up 23% of the the site's total traffic. There are, on average, 2.8 billion visits to Pornhub every month. 

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