US Court finds that Visa could be liable for monetizing sexual videos which include children

On Monday, A California judge is permitting a lawsuit against Visa to proceed, saying that the company probably knew porn site operator MindGeek was monetizing sexual videos which includes children.

Late last week, Judge Cormac Carney issued the ruling in Serena Fleites v. MindGeek et al., rejecting Visa’s attempts to dismiss its portion of the suit.

Carney said that the Visa plausibly intended to help MindGeek monetize child porn because it continued to offer payment processing services to the major tube site Pornhub in spite of knowing the site had failed to moderate videos of minors.

The ongoing lawsuit declares that MindGeek, Visa, and others breach a series of laws including the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

The claims come from a sexually explicit video that was filmed and put on Pornhub featuring the plaintiff, who was a young teenager at the time.

Despite being notified that the video was illegal, Pornhub allegedly delayed taking it down for weeks, allowing it to be repeatedly downloaded and reuploaded and earning ad revenue alongside it.

Later on, Visa temporarily cut off Pornhub following a New York Times report suggesting the platform had allowed illegal videos despite knowing it contained child sexual abuse material.