Visa Suspends Business With Pornhub Ad Services Following Child Porn Case Ruling

One week after a federal judge ruled that Visa Inc. allegedly helped monetize child pornography through adult websites like Pornhub, the payment processing giant on Thursday said it would suspend its services with the advertising arm of Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney of the Central District of California wrote, “Visa knew that MindGeek’s websites were teeming with monetized child porn,” in the Fleites v. MindGeek lawsuit filed last year alleging Pornhub’s operator violated federal sex trafficking and child pornography laws.

Visa, who has since condemned child sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child sex abuse materials, had asked the court to dismiss the claim that the company violated a California law prohibiting false advertising and illegal business practices. However, Judge Carney denied the request.

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