Thursday, July 2, 2015

Visa cuts ties with, joining MasterCard - LA Times makes its money on sex trade advertisements.  As Stephanie Silvano has written in the Fordham Law Review the publisher has been immunized by courts' broad understanding of the Communications Decency Act 47 USC 230. Stymied on the legal front, campaigners have won a major victory: Visa and Mastercard will no longer allow their sites to be used by Backpage customers. - gwc
Visa cuts ties with, joining MasterCard - LA Times
by Whip Villareal
Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. severed ties with after law enforcement officials raised concerns that the classified advertising website “promotes prostitution and facilitates online sex trafficking.”
According to a letter sent Monday to Visa and MasterCard by Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Thomas Dart, in just one month posted more than a million ads in its “adult escort” section in the United States, with most of the ads containing prices, hotel locations, nude photos and, in some instances, video.
Visa said it stopped allowing its cards to be used on the site Wednesday, following a similar move by MasterCard on Tuesday and by American Express Co. earlier this year. is the second-largest ad listing service on the Web, next to Craigslist.
The site for years has drawn the scrutiny of government and law enforcement officials who say the website makes it easy for pimps to exploit sex workers and fuels the illegal sex trafficking industry.

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