Four Republican representatives sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr Friday calling on the Department of Justice to enforce obscenity laws against creators of hardcore pornography including pornography involving children.
"The Internet and other evolving technologies are fueling the explosion of obscene pornography by making it more accessible and visceral," the congressmen wrote. "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 was signed by:
- Jim Banks of Indiana
- Mark Meadows of North Carolina
- Vicky Hartzler of Missouri
- Brian Babin of Texas
In comments to National Review, Jim 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. Pornography is ubiquitous in our culture and our children are being exposed at younger ages. Nine in every ten boys under the age of 18 have seen porn. Children are struggling with pornography addiction."
The full letter can be viewed below: