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Stringent policies against sex workers, brothels and escort agencies by banks and payment systems have been laid bare for the first time in research conducted by the advocacy group Sex Work Law Reform Victoria.  

PayPal, NAB and payment service Square have the clearest policies barring payments from the sex industry -- although advocates say their approach is not uncommon. 

The worst offenders

The issue first emerged in 2017 when the adult industry association organisation Eros released a report on discrimination in the banking industry.