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Four Republican representatives have sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr this morning, calling on the Department of Justice to enforce obscenity laws as a means of reducing hardcore pornography that meets the legal tests for obscenity, especially pornography involving children.
The letter — signed by Jim Banks of Indiana, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, and Brian Babin of Texas — was provided exclusively to National Review and reminds the Justice Department of Donald Trump’s promise as a presidential candidate to enforce obscenity laws against the porn industry.
“The Internet and other evolving technologies are fueling the explosion of obscene pornography by making it more accessible and visceral,” the representatives write. “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.”
In a comment provided to National Review via email, Banks outlined what he sees as the chief harms from this increased exposure to pornography: ….