Porn lawyers claim First Amendment right to hire kids

Saturday, June 6, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The pornography business is claiming First Amendment rights to use underage actors in its movies. 

During the Reagan administration, a law was passed to prevent children from being used in hard-core porn films. Pornographers were required to keep records of the actors' ages and make that information available to law enforcement.

Attorney Pat Trueman, president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, says the law was needed because the pornography industry was putting "a lot of children" in its graphic films during the 1980s.

Trueman

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has now upheld key provisions of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988, giving law enforcement another tool to keep children out of the industry.

"Now, why did it take so long from the Reagan administration to now to have this upheld?" Trueman asks. "It's because the porn industry, which wants to use children in the adult porn films, has fought it every step of the way."

In fact, industry lawyers claimed the law infringes on the porn industry's First Amendment rights.

"They said that this would have a broader effect than just the application to the porn industry, that it might cover other films," Trueman, explaining that argument, says."But Congress had no intention to cover other films to keep children out of Hollywood films."

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