Vice Squad
Friday, February 06, 2004
 
Sleeping More Soundly in a Smut-Free World


If you are like me, you often toss and turn at night, lamenting the fact that we move so slowly in putting purveyors of pornography in the pokey. Wouldn't America be a better place if we could fill jail cells, not just with drug addicts, but with those who produce and distribute filth? Well, we can now rest easier. The US Department of Justice, headed by our nation's Attorney General John Comstock Ashcroft, has recently hired a new senior counsel renowned for his obscenity prosecutions.

What has taken them so long? That is the question raised a little while ago by this article at Family.org. But it is not as if a blind eye has been turned to the smutmeisters, oh no: at least 27 people have been prosecuted by DOJ since January, 2001. The article also offers the following edifying tale in the social persuasion v. social coercion category:

"[Grassroots activists in greater Cincinnati] recently asked local prosecutors to investigate 15 hotels providing sexually explicit films supplied by the satellite companies LodgeNet and On Command.

Every one of those hotels, including the area's largest Marriott, dropped the films after receiving warning letters, said [the President of Citizens for Community Values], whose organization played a large role in that success:

'The reason hotels get out of the [obscenity] business so quickly is they don't want to see headlines in the paper that the Hilton or the Marriott has been indicted for selling pornography. It's their dirty little secret.'"

The linked Family.org article goes on to quote the seemingly obscenity-obsessed Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff, who has made it into Vice Squad in the past. The Sheriff has even managed to have a pornography website named after him!

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