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Visa, for its part, has lodged an application seeking to dismiss the charges. In its defence, the payments platform company said that the people who posted the victims’ underage images and those who distributed and earned money from the material caused the alleged harm and not Visa, the Washington Post reports.

The company went on to argue that it had nothing to do with the operations of the websites run by Mind Geek which include adult entertainment websites where child sexual abuse videos have been featured. Since the news of child sexual abuse broke and the landmark ruling delivered by the California court, Visa has been at pains to distance itself from the lawsuit of which it is now a defendant. The company made a statement to the Washington Post where it condemned sex trafficking, exploitation, and child sexual abuse materials as “repugnant” to its values and purpose as a company.

The statement reads: “This pretrial 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.” The application filed with the California court to be dismissed from the lawsuit on the grounds that Visa was an improper defendant was dismissed by Judge Carney. It is now alleged that Visa helped users on the internet to make money from illegal images.