Monday, July 21, 2008

Western Union cuts off gay businesses Krishna Rau writes:
Western Union, a US-based international money transfer service, has suddenly cancelled the accounts of gay hookup services Cruiseline and because it objects to the provision of what it calls "adult services." Cruiseline is a phone service which allows men to meet for sex and Squirt is a cruising website which also allows users to access gay porn. Both Cruiseline and Squirt are operated by Pink Triangle Press (PTP), which also publishes Xtra.

PTP used Western Union to allow Cruiseline and Squirt customers who couldn't or didn't want to use credit cards or bank accounts to buy services by wiring cash from almost anywhere in the world.

Daniel Diaz, a spokesperson at Western Union headquarters in Colorado, says the company cut off its services because of the "adult services" the businesses provide. Both accounts were closed as of June 4. "In general terms we do not do business with agencies that engage in adult services," says Diaz. READ MORE