Revenge porn, human trafficking bill filed in state legislature

Revenge porn, human trafficking bill filed in state legislature
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LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - A bill that would seek to amend state law involving obscenity, dealing with issues like revenge pornography and human trafficking, was the only bill filed Wednesday at the state capitol in Little Rock.

House Bill 1032, sponsored by Rep. Johnny Rye, R-Trumann and Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, is called the “Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.”

The bill would also deal with internet blocking software as well as distributors, including providing details on distributors would have to do.

“A distributor shall not in this state manufacture, sell, offer for sale, lease or distribute a product that makes content accessible on the internet unless the product (A) Contains active and properly operating blocking software that renders obscene material inaccessible; (B) Prohibits access to content that is prohibited under this chapter; (C) Prohibits access to revenge pornography; (D) Prohibits access to a website that facilitates prostitution; and (E) Prohibits access to a website that facilitates human trafficking,” the bill reads.

A person found guilty could face up to a year in jail or a $500 fine, or both “for each prohibited image, video or audio depiction, or website found to be accessible at the time of the offense.”

The bill would also allow the state’s Attorney General or a prosecuting attorney to also seek civil action against a distributor who allows access to content or a website that violates the law.

“If a distributor fails to block obscene material or access to a prohibited website within five days after receiving a report that obscene material has breached blocking software or that a prohibited website is accessible through a product manufactured, sold, leased or distributed by the distributor, the Attorney General or any person may file a civil action in a court with jurisdiction,” the bill notes.

The Attorney General or the person who files a civil suit against a distributor could also seek damages up to $500 for each “prohibited image, video or audio depiction of obscene material, or each accessible website that was reported but not blocked within five days.”

The legislative session starts Jan. 14 in Little Rock.

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