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Rhode Island could charge $20 to watch porn

Rhode Island could charge $20 to watch porn

Lawmakers in Rhode Island are proposing a new bill that would charge residents a fee of $20 if they want to access porn and other ‘offensive content’.

 

Senators Frank Ciccone and Hanna Gallo of Rhode Island introduced a bill on Thursday that would require Internet providers to block ‘sexual content and patently offensive material.’

 

Users would have the option to deactivate this block for a fee of $20.

 

The bill could be introduced later this year if it passes through the General Assembly this session.

 

The money made from the deactivation fee would fund the operation of the Council of Human Trafficking.

 

Each quarter the internet providers would be required to hand over the money earned from the fee to go towards the operation of the new committee, the bill states.

 

Human trafficking is modern day slavery that occurs in the United States and across the world.

 

An estimated 4.5 million people across the globe are forced into sexual exploitation, according to the International Labor Organization.

 

The lawmakers haven’t confirmed what the exact duties of the organization would be, but it would target the issues of human trafficking in the country.

 

The bill states that if online distributors of sexual content refused to comply with the bill, the attorney general or consumer could file a civil suit of up to $500 for every piece of content not

blocked.

The winning party in the civil suit could also ask the losing party to pay for attorney fees.

 

Some have criticized the bill saying it conflates sex work with human trafficking.

– Dave & Lisa

Lisa G

March 9th, 2018

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