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Sex workers say ‘defunding Pornhub’ puts their livelihoods at risk

Credit card giants Visa, Mastercard and Discover have blocked all payments to Pornhub, after the adult site was accused of being “infested” with child abuse and rape-related videos.

However, sex workers are saying that the sudden decision has put their livelihoods at risk, and will not solve the problem of illegal content.

Adult performer Mary Moody has started a campaign to raise awareness on the consequence for performers like her.

“I personally stand to lose thousands each month, but I want to spotlight the many workers who will be losing the income they rely on for survival, especially during the pandemic,” she said.

A New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof highlighted the presence of illegal content on Pornhub. He called on banks and credit card companies to suspend co-operation with the site as a consequence.

The article prompted card companies to carry out their own investigations and eventually block payments to the site.

In response, Pornhub made drastic changes. It banned downloads and deleted all videos, except those uploaded by verified users.

Adult performers and producers had been campaigning for these features for years.

The ability for any user to freely download and upload content had made it possible for pirated, stolen and illegal videos to proliferate, while also making sales of original content more difficult.

Now only verified creators can upload videos to Pornhub.

But the credit card suspension also makes it almost impossible for performers to receive payments or tips on the website.

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