Republican Lawmakers Ask AG Barr to Make Prosecuting Obscene Pornography a ‘Criminal Justice Priority’

Congressional are asking Attorney General Barr to enforce existing obscenity laws in order to reduce explicit porn that meets the legal test to be considered obscenity, particularly porn that involves minors.

In a letter that was exclusively shared with National Review last week and signed by four conservative Republicans — Jim Banks of Indiana, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, and Brian Babin of Texas — the lawmakers urged the Department of Justice to follow through Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign’s promises to restrain the porn industry.

“The Internet and other evolving technologies are fueling the explosion of obscene pornography by making it more accessible and visceral,” the letter reads.

“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.”

The letter also notes Barr’s previous focus on obscenity cases when he served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, which, they say, decreased child porn in the nation. The representatives further urged the attorney general to declare prosecuting obscene pornography a “criminal justice priority.”

The letter laments that former Attorney General Eric Holder, in the Obama administration, disbanded the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in the Criminal Division, which essentially stopped the enforcement of obscenity laws.

In recent years, 15 state legislatures have declared porn a public health crisis, often resolving to study its links to scourges such as domestic violence and human trafficking.

In a comment to National Review, Rep. Banks highlighted such connections.

“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,” Banks said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter