Judge refuses to remove visa from Pornhub child porn trial

A federal judge ruled Friday that Visa helped Pornhub “monetize child porn” and sex trafficking — a decision that could have long-lasting implications for credit card companies, legal observers say.

The court declined to remove Visa’s offer from the lawsuit against porn parent company MindGeek, ruling that the company “had sufficient evidence to deliberately provide”[ed] Tool used to commit crime” of distributing child pornography.

The decision was made in connection with a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims Pornhub pulled her heels after it warned she was hosting an explicit video taken of her when she was 13. There was a need for photographic evidence at one point that she was the same child. Video.

Several weeks later, the clip titled “13-Year-Old Brunette Show Off the Camera” was removed, but re-uploaded to other MindGeek sites in 2014, garnering millions of views and a company advertisement facilitated by Visa. Money was earned, the victim alleged. According to the suit, the illegal clip was still on the company’s sites as recently as 2020.

She claimed that the plaintiff fell into a deep depression, tried to kill herself and became a heroin user after her unwanted slander. The lawsuit states that while still young, she began starring in other pornographic videos produced by an older man to support her habit.

In his decision, US District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote that there is sufficient evidence to establish that Visa was involved in a criminal conspiracy with online pornographers.

“Here’s Visa, standing over and controlling the valve,” Carney wrote, emphasizing that it can’t be blamed for the water leak because someone else is running the hose.

Visa is claiming it was an innocent third party when the credit card company offered to be removed from the lawsuit was denied by a judge.
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“When MindGeek decides to monetize child porn, and Visa decides to continue to allow its payment network to be used for that goal despite MindGeek’s knowledge of monetizing child porn, it is completely There is a foreshadowing that victims of child porn such as the plaintiff will suffer. The plaintiff alleges,” the ruling said.

The Central District of California Court also ordered MindGeek to undergo a judicial search and shed light on its unclear handling, which the judge said ensured “a hopelessly awkward situation for the victims.”

It also rejected Visa’s argument that it was an innocent third party, saying the credit card company briefly suspended its ties to Pornhub in 2020 amid allegations it has re-entered the military. Kept thousands of illegal videos before joining.

Plaintiffs’ lead attorney Michael Bowe spoke exclusively to The Post about the decision on Saturday night.

Bowe said, “The Court’s finding that our detailed complaint was sufficient to allow Visa to engage in a criminal conspiracy to monetize child porn means that Visa and other credit card companies will ultimately be involved in this unconscious and illegal activity.” going to face civil and perhaps criminal consequences,” Bowe said. A partner at Brown Ruddick.

The news comes a month after two Pornhub executives resigned amid widespread inquiries into alleged minor and non-consensual videos on the site.

MindGeek, which is based in Montreal and also owns Brazzers, Redtube and Youporn, claims to have 115 million daily visitors and 3 billion daily ad impressions.

Pornhub was the ninth most popular webpage in the US last month, According to Semrush is a search engine marketing company.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Told It investigated some 5 million suspected child pornography videos in 2021.

Visa did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the post.

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