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Four GOP Congressmen Want Porn Prosecuted

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Four GOP Congressmen Want Porn Prosecuted

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor

Four Republican congressmen have asked Attorney General Bill Barr to enforce federal obscenity laws against pornography, especially pornography involving children.

The four representatives signing the anti-pornography letter to AG Barr included Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Rep. Brian Babin of Texas.

“The Internet and other evolving technologies are fueling the explosion of obscene pornography by making it more accessible and visceral,” the letters says. “This explosion in pornography coincides with an increase in violence towards women and an increase in the volume of human trafficking as well as child pornography.”

Rep. Banks said, “As online obscenity and pornography consumption have increased, so too has violence towards women. Overall volume of human trafficking has increased and is now the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Child pornography is on the rise as one of the fastest-growing online businesses with an annual revenue over $3 billion. The United States has nearly 50% of all commercialized child pornography websites.”

Despite these facts, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder disbanded the Department of Justice’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in 2011.

According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, child sex abusers use pornography to create plans of action and to “groom” and train their young victims. Also, more than 100 studies have directly linked pornography and sexual violence, including rape. In fact, a “massive” 22-year study of seven countries conducted by Indiana University and University of Hawaii researchers shows that those who report they watch pornography are more likely to rape, sexually harass, or use threats and intimidation to “obtain sex” than those who don’t.

The average age of actual exposure to pornography in the United States is 11 or 12!

It’s important to note that the four Congressional representatives are not advocating the arrest and prosecution of people who view adult pornography. They are only arguing that the federal government should ban online pornography and prosecute the creators of hardcore pornography, including those linked to human sex trafficking.

Finally, although conservative estimates reveal that the entire porn industry makes $6 billion annually, a recent three-year comprehensive financial study by MOVIEGUIDE® shows that movies with no explicit sex make more than $8 billion annually in the United States and Canada at the theatrical box office alone.

Sources:  National Review, 12/06/19; Faithwire, 12/09/19; The Foster Letter, 02/25/16, 03/10/17 and 03/25/17; and, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

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