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Recently, Rhode Island proposed a tax to access pornography online. This adds to the growing list of other states trying to do something similar: Texas, Virginia, and South Carolina to name a few.

Rhode Island’s proposal is quite interesting. They would like to charge residents a one-time $20 fee to access sexually explicit content online. The funds collected by the state government would then go to the state treasurer who would then be responsible for sending it to the Council on Human Trafficking.

The bill also requests that providers establish a reporting mechanism, like a website or call center, to allow consumers to report unblocked sexual content or potentially offensive material. It doesn't describe what is deemed sexual content, but the companies could face up to $500 for every piece of content reported.

The people for the bill feel it could help those trapped in the sex trafficking industry, those who are victims of revenge porn, and victims of child pornography. Those opposed feel it violates free speech and may be unconstitutional.

I love that there are some people in our government that recognize that pornography and sex trafficking is a real crisis in the United States (and around the world). I’m hopeful that they will revisit this proposal so it will be fair to all sides because I feel the proposal needs a bit more work. Keep the topic alive, Rhode Island!

Here are some links to various articles with very different views:

Fox News

Reason

The Register

Wired


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On another note, last week, Dr. Phil had one of my favorite people on his show: Terry Crews. I just adore him. Both Terry and his wife, Rebecca King-Crews were there and they talked about Terry’s involvement with the #Metoo movement.

They also talked about Terry’s addiction to pornography and his infidelity and what that did to his marriage and the trauma it caused Rebecca. She did a great job describing the anxiety and fear and then making the mental choice to finally trust Terry again. Her segment itself wasn’t long, but it was powerful. Devin watched it with me and asked me to save it. It’s worth a watch.

If you wanted to watch something privately on the Internet, would you pay an extra $20 per year? Do mind the government being involved if it means protecting others or do you see it as government overreach? Do you like Terry Crews as much as I do?

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