Yahoo! Violating Obscenity and Child Pornography Laws, Ashcroft Told By AFA

Former Department of Justice Official Urges Prosecution



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Family Association

    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney General John Ashcroft is
 being urged to prosecute Yahoo! Inc., one of the world's largest Internet
 companies, for its direct involvement in the sale and distribution of obscene
 material and child pornography.  In a letter, written by American Family
 Association attorney, Patrick Trueman, Ashcroft was told that it is urgent
 that Yahoo! be investigated immediately.  Trueman is a former official in the
 Reagan and Bush Administrations who was responsible for the prosecution of
 illegal pornography.   "News reports this week indicate that Yahoo! has begun
 to offer thousands of hardcore pornographic videos and DVDs in its online
 store and receives 'a percentage of each sale' from merchants working with
 Yahoo!.  Because Yahoo! has such a dominant presence on the Internet, it must
 not be allowed to flaunt federal law.  To allow it to do so will surely
 encourage many more mainstream companies with a dot-com presence to also
 embrace the obscenity industry," Trueman said in the letter.  "Though Yahoo!
 claims to have 'controls' to keep children from its new porn video store,
 trafficking in obscene material is illegal whether it is to adults or
 children," he added.
     Trueman also urged that Yahoo! be investigated for its trafficking in
 child pornography.  "Yahoo! offers a substantial amount of child pornography,
 available on its own servers, through its web hosting service, 'Yahoo! Geo
 Cities'," Trueman said in the letter.  Child pornography is instantly
 available through this service.  Profiting from the sexual exploitation of
 children and women by Yahoo! is not only degrading to all children and women
 but it is patently illegal, he added.
     Trueman was chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section,
 Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington from 1988 to
 1992.  He now serves as legal counsel and director of governmental affairs for
 AFA.
 
 

SOURCE American Family Association
    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney General John Ashcroft is
 being urged to prosecute Yahoo! Inc., one of the world's largest Internet
 companies, for its direct involvement in the sale and distribution of obscene
 material and child pornography.  In a letter, written by American Family
 Association attorney, Patrick Trueman, Ashcroft was told that it is urgent
 that Yahoo! be investigated immediately.  Trueman is a former official in the
 Reagan and Bush Administrations who was responsible for the prosecution of
 illegal pornography.   "News reports this week indicate that Yahoo! has begun
 to offer thousands of hardcore pornographic videos and DVDs in its online
 store and receives 'a percentage of each sale' from merchants working with
 Yahoo!.  Because Yahoo! has such a dominant presence on the Internet, it must
 not be allowed to flaunt federal law.  To allow it to do so will surely
 encourage many more mainstream companies with a dot-com presence to also
 embrace the obscenity industry," Trueman said in the letter.  "Though Yahoo!
 claims to have 'controls' to keep children from its new porn video store,
 trafficking in obscene material is illegal whether it is to adults or
 children," he added.
     Trueman also urged that Yahoo! be investigated for its trafficking in
 child pornography.  "Yahoo! offers a substantial amount of child pornography,
 available on its own servers, through its web hosting service, 'Yahoo! Geo
 Cities'," Trueman said in the letter.  Child pornography is instantly
 available through this service.  Profiting from the sexual exploitation of
 children and women by Yahoo! is not only degrading to all children and women
 but it is patently illegal, he added.
     Trueman was chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section,
 Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington from 1988 to
 1992.  He now serves as legal counsel and director of governmental affairs for
 AFA.
 
 SOURCE  American Family Association