Justice Department Anti-Porn Task Force Scores First Big Win

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Brent Ward, one of the most strident adversaries of the porn industry as U.S. Attorney in Utah in the 1980s, is heading a new Justice Department task force aimed at enforcing federal obscenity laws, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. In his first year, his biggest win came against makers of the “Girls Gone Wild” videos – whose blurred-out party-girl ads are a late-night TV staple. They failed to document the ages of the women in the videos and agreed to pay $2.1 million in fines.

Ward believe American culture is saturated with pornography, and it has profound consequences, eroding families, increasing violence against women, warping perceptions of sex and helping child predators groom victims. “We’re not going to prosecute it away, but it’s important, I think, that Americans see their government trying to do something about it,” he said. The task force, with four prosecutors, 10 FBI agents and a postal inspector, puts together cases that can be prosecuted by U.S. attorneys in various states. Ward says most obscenity cases today are Internet-related, and the content is more extreme than when he was a Utah prosecutor building a reputation fighting magazine and mail-order video distributors.

Link: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5306384

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