Chicago Sheriff Barred From Tampering With Backpage Funding

Following the news that Backpage had launched a lawsuit against Chicago-area Sheriff Thomas Dart, the company has made more headway, winning a “restraining order” against the outspoken sheriff. He will no longer be able to make “de-funding” efforts against

Lawyers for are pushing to have the Sheriff rescind his letters to MasterCard and Visa, which would amount to an apology. There is no way for to force the credit card processing companies to start working with them again, but if the companies knew that the Sheriff’s threats of legal action were dead in the water, they might be inclined to resume their long-running relationship with the site.

Backpage resorted to using Bitcoin only for its operations once Visa and Mastercard were no longer supporting their transactions. At one point, they resumed Visa transactions briefly, but then that, too, was shut down. Backpage certainly has no reason not to use Bitcoin, but it appears they’re looking to get their old methods back as well.

Whatever works fastest and easiest for their customers is surely what they prefer. While Bitcoin is secure and somewhat easy, it can take a lot of learning to understand the basics. Especially if your profession is nothing technical, but rather in the sex industry or something like that.

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Last modified: March 4, 2021 4:44 PM

P. H. Madore

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