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    Pornographic website Pornhub announced Wednesday night that users will no longer be able to make payments through online money transfer service PayPal, a change that will likely affect many sex workers who used PayPal to sell their videos on the site.

    “We are all devastated by PayPal's decision to stop payouts to over a hundred thousand performers who rely on them for their livelihoods,” a Wednesday blog post by Pornhub reads, also outlining how sex workers can set new payment methods.

    "We sincerely apologize if this causes any delays and we will have staff working around the clock to make sure all payouts are processed as fast as possible on the new payment methods," the statement added.

    Banks have long forbidden sex-related transactions to occur through them. However, ever since the passing of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (FOSTA-SESTA), online payment platforms like PayPal have also began to crack down on sex workers.

    FOSTA-SESTA was signed into law on April 11, 2018, by US President Donald Trump. The law is intended to curb sex trafficking and online websites that faciliate trafficking. 

    Under the law, any websites that “promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person” are considered illegal. 

    According to Market Place, the law has negatively impacted sex workers by “making it harder for sex workers to be their own bosses” and forcing “them onto the street and into relationships with pimps and escort agencies.”

    PayPal is not the only platform that has instituted guidelines that make it harder for sex workers to monetize their videos since FOSTA-SESTA became law. 

    In June, crowdfunding platform Patreon banned adult content on the website, stating, “We don't allow pornographic material or sexual services on Patreon, which we define as 'real people engaging in sexual acts such as masturbation or sexual intercourse on camera.'"


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