Morality in Media: President Obama's Choice for Deputy Attorney General Would Likely Weaken Justice Department Efforts to Curb Sexual Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Calls Into Question Whether the New President Will in Fact 'Stand Up for Policies That Value Families'
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If he wants to be tough on those who traffic in women and children and who sexually exploit children in other ways, he must also be tough on distributors of obscene materials.
The explosion of "adult" obscenity (no actual minors depicted) contributes to sexual exploitation of children in at least two ways. First, child molesters use "adult" obscenity to arouse, desensitize and instruct their victims. Second, many men arrested on sexual exploitation of children charges begin their downward spiral by viewing not child pornography but "adult" obscenity.
Many men who are addicted to "adult" obscenity also use prostitutes to act out their porn-fueled fantasies. To the extent that addiction to pornography helps maintain the demand for prostitutes, it also helps maintain the demand for women and children trafficked into prostitution.
If he wants to protect and nurture family life, he must also be tough on distributors of obscene materials, because addiction to hardcore pornography is destroying countless marriages and because addiction to pornography is crippling the ability of countless children to later make a marriage work.
It is unfortunate that the Bush Administration did not do more in the "war against obscenity;" but to its credit, the Justice Department under President Bush did resume enforcement of federal obscenity laws against commercial distributors of "adult" obscenity. The Department also established an Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, which is now headed by a former U.S. Attorney who isn't afraid to take on commercial distributors of "adult" obscenity, if he gets the support he needs.
It wouldn't require a tremendous allocation of investigative and prosecutorial resources to substantially reduce traffic in "adult" obscenity. But it will require a commitment that
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