Opinion: Governments can and must take on the billion-dollar pornography industry

A major debate over the public harm of pornography erupted over the weekend after US lawmakers published a letter to Attorney General William Barr, asking him to use existing obscenity laws to restrict pornography.

The letter noted that the explosion of Internet pornography has “coincided with an increase in violence towards women and an increase in the volume of human trafficking as well as child pornography.” The representatives noted that porn is “especially harmful to youth,” noting that children are being exposed to “obscene pornography at exponentially younger ages.”

Pornhub, one of the largest porn providers online, recently ran an advertisement which appealed to kids to use their site as soon as their parents leave the house. Kids aren’t just accidentally seeing nudity anymore, companies are marketing porn to them — violent hardcore sex scenes are shaping the nation.

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