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PayPal cracks down on sex work via Pornhub

The change jeopardizes many performers' incomes

  • Devyn White
  • 15 November 2019
PayPal cracks down on sex work via Pornhub

PayPal is no longer accepting sex work payments from Pornhub, halting disbursements to the site's performers. The swift change from PayPal reflects the outlook that many payment platforms unfortunately have on the stigmatized industry, including Venmo and Visa.

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We all know Pornhub for its infinite supply of free material, but it is true that sex workers make money on the platform by uploading and selling videos to the site through their "Model Program". Pornhub spoke up against the change on their blog stating:

"We are all devastated by PayPal's decision to stop payouts to over a hundred thousand performers who rely on them for their livelihoods." Luckily, the company has arranged direct deposit options to hopefully prevent negative financial impacts.

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PayPal's "acceptable use policy" specifically disallows certain sexually focused services, but it's been known for its vague interpretation and implementation. The company stood by its decision telling VICE, "Following a review, we have discovered that Pornhub has made certain business payments through PayPal without seeking our permission. We have taken action to stop these transactions from occurring.”

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