Judge: Visa Can’t Escape Claims It Helped Monetize Child Porn

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled Friday that Visa was aware it was monetizing child pornography hosted on Pornhub and other MindGeek-owned porn websites.

Visa filed a motion to be dismissed from the litigation after was listed as a defendant in the lawsuit Fleites v. MindGeek.

Carney of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California denied Visa’s motion to dismiss the claim it violated California’s Unfair Competition Law and that plaintiff, Serene Fleites alleged that there was a conspiracy between Visa and Mindgeek. 

“When MindGeek decides to monetize child porn, and Visa decides to continue to allow its payment network to be used for that goal despite knowledge of MindGeek’s monetization of child porn, it is entirely foreseeable that victims of child porn like plaintiff will suffer the harms that plaintiff alleges,”  said Carney. 

Visa defended that it should be dismissed from the lawsuit because the case is centered on MindGeek and the plaintiff’s boyfriend at the time, adding that it condemns child pornography. 

“This pre-trial ruling is disappointing and mischaracterizes Visa’s role and its policies and practices. Visa will not tolerate the use of our network for illegal activity. We continue to believe that Visa is an improper defendant in this case.” said Visa. 

MindGeek responded that Fleites’ claims would be dismissed due to unsatisfactory merit if the court considers the facts and that they also do not tolerate child pornography. 


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