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

By Thomas Fabbri
BBC News

Publishedduration1 hour agoshareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage captionAdult performers Ginger Banks, Valentina Nappi, Mary Moody, June Liu, Cara Vega

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.

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