January 26, 2015

NCSE Demands that New A.G. Enforce Obscenity Laws

National Center on Sexual Exploitation puts pressure on the Senate Judiciary Committee to secure commitment from Loretta Lynch

Washington, DC – National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) sent a letter, signed by over 100 group leaders, urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to ensure that Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, makes a commitment to enforce federal adult obscenity laws.

“It is our hope that Loretta Lynch will aggressively prioritize and uphold the federal obscenity (hardcore pornography) laws that Attorney General, Eric Holder ignored during his six-year tenure,” said Patrick Trueman, President of National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “The nation’s top law enforcement official can no longer ignore the links between obscenity and human trafficking, sexual exploitation of children, and violence against women. It is critical that obscenity cases be vigorously enforced,” Trueman added.

Federal obscenity laws prohibit the distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops, through the mail, and by common carrier, such as UPS or FedEx. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld obscenity laws against First Amendment challenges.  The letter to U.S. senators noted that,“[N]ot one new obscenity case has been initiated against commercial distributors of hardcore adult pornography during the Holder years.”

Those signing the letter include leaders of anti-trafficking groups, First Amendment groups and religious organizations. The signers include Laura J. Lederer, president of the anti-trafficking group Global Centurion Foundation; Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defending Freedom; Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and Tim Winter, president of Parents Television Council.

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