So score one for sex workers, the free market, and common sense.
As Maggie Mc Neill explained here last week, Visa and Mastercard both made their decisions about Backpage under pressure from Cook County, Illinois, sheriff Thomas Dart.
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So what's the big deal about Backpage switching up its fee structure?
The change comes in response to Visa's and Mastercard's recent decisions to stop processing adult-ad payments, a move the credit-card companies made at the urging of overreaching state officials.
"Institutions such as yours have the moral, social and legal right to step up on this pervasive problem and make a fundamental and everlasting difference." "Under the guise of going after 'sex trafficking,'" notes Mc Neill, "prohibitionist politicians have been trying and failing to shut down Backpage—a commercial enterprise which has broken no laws—since at least 2011. And Sheriff Dart’s pressuring Visa and Mastercard to reject adult-ad payments is nothing less than an end run around due process which affects not only his own fiefdom of Chicago, but every single place Backpage reaches via the Internet." So, essentially, Backpage's move to make adult ads free is a big screw you to fearmongering, First-Amendment-hating, Internet-freedom-stifling nanny statists who think they can control financial-services firms, foreign-based websites (is owned by a Dutch company), and the way women choose to earn a living.Please print and keep a copy of this Agreement for Your records.By accessing the Website or using any Services, You consent to receive this Agreement electronically.Or maybe it just made good business sense; with American Express stopping Backpage payment processing earlier this year, the only option left for purchasing adult ads after Visa and Mastercard pulled out was via Bitcoin—not the most mass-user friendly option.Adult ads account for a huge portion of activity, and without them it could lose a substantial amount of traffic and, hence, external-advertising revenue.