Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law


Emily Pollak

First Page



Historically, the pornography industry has been the target of countless attempts to delegitimize sex work, but it still endures as a legal industry. Nevertheless, financial service providers such as banks and third-party payment processors have circumvented providing the industry fair access to their services, under vague pretexts such as reputational risk. While porn is not the only marginalized industry affected by unfair treatment from financial service providers, it is among the most targeted. This note gives context to this issue and provides that access to the global marketplace should not be limited by financial institutions functioning as de facto legislators, responsible for determining who is and is not worthy of participation. Rather, Congress should act to legislate fair access to financial services for the pornography and sex work industry.