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Attorney Says Courts Are Aiding Sex Industry's Internet Marketing Scheme
By Rusty Pugh
August 14, 2000
(AgapePress) - A pro-family attorney says the Internet is becoming a place where anything goes--and the courts are not helping.
A federal judge ruled last week that Virginia is not allowed to implement its law aimed at protecting children from sex and violence on the Internet. According to Judge James Michael, Jr., the law--which makes it a crime to use the Internet to sell, rent, or lend pornography to juveniles--violates the First Amendment rights on online users.
Attorney Bob Flores of the National Center for Children and Families says it is unfortunate that the courts are treating the Internet like a different place, where laws do not apply.
"If the State of Virginia is not successful in winning at trial," Flores says, "I think parents really need to reexamine whether or not their children should be on the Internet for as long and as often as they are."
Flores says the sex industry is becoming more aggressive in its efforts to market their products online, and are increasingly receiving help from the courts.
"They are trying to market pornography and sexually explicit materials, both legal and illegal, and...the courts are basically saying the parents are on their own," he says. "This is becoming just a much more dangerous environment for children."
The attorney says the sex industry is taking full advantage of the courts' lack of action.
Copyright 2000, Agape Press. Used with permission.