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Eric Holder

TAKE ACTION: Ask Attorney General Holder to Enforce Obscenity Laws

by CitizenLink Team

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to get an earful this week when he goes before the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees for oversight hearings related to his management of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). But Patrick Trueman hopes that Holder will also get an earful from the American public.

With the help of nearly 70 pro-family organizations, Trueman launched today a grassroots campaign to highlight Holder’s lack of enforcement of obscenity laws, as well as encourage the DOJ to prosecute producers of illegal and hardcore pornography.

Federal laws prohibit distribution of obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable and satellite TV, through the mail and in retail outlets. Yet, there has not been a single new federal obscenity indictment since President Obama took office. In fact, Holder shut down the DOJ’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in the Criminal Division.

And Truman should know — he used to be the head of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of that Division. “Porn harms people; porn harms children,” he said, “and with lifelong effects.”

Pornography is not a ‘harmless pastime,’ but the fuel that drives prostitution, sex shops and human slavery. According to WarOnIllegalPornography.com:

New social science research has emerged linking pornography to a plethora of society ills — sex trafficking, child abuse, domestic violence, and divorce.  Simultaneously, medical research documenting how pornography harms brain function is now available, yet it is still relatively unknown to parents, medical personnel, legislators, and law enforcement.

The U.S. Department of State estimates 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked internationally every year for purposes of entering the sex trade (stripping, prostitution, pornography, and live-sex shows), and labor exploitation (sweatshops and domestic servitude). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports, “After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.”

Now Is The Time

“We know that marriages are breaking up, relationships are destroyed,” Trueman said. “We know that children are getting addicted to pornography by the free material that’s on these websites that are operating illegally.

“The attorney general could make a great difference if he would just do five or ten cases a year.  … The Internet pornography sites … are controlled by really a handful of pornographers. So if you went after those pornographers you’d wipe out much of the pornography that’s on the Internet.

“Now is the time to make our voices heard,” said Trueman. “We’ve all experienced and observed how pornography harms. We’ve still got the law on our side, so let’s speak up!”

Please take two minutes TODAY to call Attorney General Holder. Every voice counts.

Visit PornographyHarms.com.

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