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Visa and MasterCard cut ties with adult section of


By Minda Smiley, Reporter

July 1, 2015 | 2 min read

MasterCard and Visa will no longer allow themselves to be used as payment options for advertisements in the adult section of classified ad website

Source: MasterCard

The move comes after a sheriff in Cook County, Illinois named Thomas Dart requested that both credit companies sever ties with the site because it promotes prostitution and online sex trafficking.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Dart sent a letter to each credit card company earlier this week that asked them to “immediately cease and desist from allowing your credit cards to be used to place ads on websites like, which we have objectively found to promote prostitution and facilitate online sex trafficking.”

In a statement, Visa told the Journal: “Visa’s rules prohibit our network from being used for illegal activity.” has long been criticized by law-enforcement officials and others who say the site fuels the illegal sex industry.

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