Gravely Ill Woman Loses Funds Raised On WePay Due To Tweeted Offer Of Porn For Donations

May 18, 2014
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Lest anyone doubted whether stigma can kill…. Excellent coverage of  the outrageous Eden Alexander / WePay debacle, by Josh Constine at TechCrunch —

Gravely Ill Woman Loses Funds Raised On WePay Due To Tweeted Offer Of Porn For Donations

Should credit card processors and crowdfunding sites be able to deny funds to adult entertainers and sex workers? That’s the question at the heart of an unfortunate situation where donated medical funds are being withheld from a sick woman. Legal and moral issues often entangle to facilitate discrimination against those who earn a living in adult work, or at least complicate their lives in ways that induce hardship.

Here’s what’s happened, according to  Alexander’s tweets and reporting by The Rumpus. Adult entertainer Eden Alexander had an allergic reaction to a medication, causing her to need serious medical care. In Alexander’s account, doctors wrote off her condition as stemming from hard drug use, due to her occupation, and did not give her proper treatment, which made her even sicker. Alexander then set up Crowdfunding campaign for her medical bills on GiveForward (now removed), which processes payments with WePay.

Gravely Ill Woman Loses Funds Raised On WePay Due To Tweeted Offer Of Porn For Donations

Unfortunately, one of the campaign’s supporters tweeted offering nude pictures in exchange for donations to Alexander’s campaign, and Alexander retweeted the offer.

That retweet was deemed to violate WePay’s terms of service

WePay Withholds Funds From Eden Alexander Due To Tweeted Offer Of Porn For Donations

A tweet by WePay CEO Bill Clerico

Read more at TechCrunch…

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Anthony Kennerson
6 years ago

My own take on that ugly situation here:

http://redgarterclub.com/RGClubNetwork/rgclub3dot2/2014/05/18/antisexwork-antiporn-discrimination-jpmchase-eden-alexander-wepay/

Especially rage inducing is the excuse WePay gives that Alexander had earned sanction by RT’ing offers by two porn companies of reduced prices for their content in exchange for donations. You mean, if you merely associate with porn companies raising funds for a MEDICAL CONDITION, you lose your account?? Sorry, but that is pure horseshit.

I sincerely hope the money raised doesn’t have to cover Eden’s funeral, because if that happens, blood is on WePay’s hands.

Also..here is Eden’s new donation page, via Cloudtilt.com:

https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/eden-alexander-emergency-medical-care-fund/description

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