NCSE Applauds U.S. Court Decision Upholding Record Keeping Law

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Law Stops Pornographers from Exploiting Children in Porn

Washington, DC – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) is pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has upheld key provisions of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988 requiring pornographers to keep records of all actresses and actors in their films and photography. The recordkeeping provisions were intended to stem the use of child actresses in the mainstream porn industry (18 U.S. Code § 2257).

“It is an indictment on the porn industry that it has fought for more that 25 years to kill a provision designed to prevent it from sexually exploiting children in pornography,” said Patrick A. Trueman, President of NCSE. At the time the recordkeeping provision was under consideration, the porn industry’s Traci Lords scandal was fresh in the minds of Congress and the American public.

As a child, Lords had been exploited for years by one pornographer after another appearing in more that 100 porn films and in Penthouse and Hustler magazines before her 18th birthday. Lords was but one of many children exploited in adult porn films.

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE)

Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), is the leading national organization dedicated to opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, and addiction. The organization changed its name to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the scope and mission to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.


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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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