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Capitol Hill Watch Alert

House to Vote on the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002 (H.R. 4623)

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002 (H.R. 4623) on Tuesday, June 25, 2002.

(Full text of legislation)


The measure amends the Federal criminal code to prohibit:


1.    Making a visual depiction that is a computer image or computer-generated image of, or that appears virtually indistinguishable from an image of, a minor engaging in specified sexually explicit conduct;

2.    Offering, agreeing, attempting, or conspiring to provide, sell, receive, or purchase a visual depiction of a minor engaging in such conduct;

3.    Producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing with intent to distribute, or possessing a visual depiction that is, or is virtually indistinguishable from, that of a pre-pubescent child engaging in such conduct;

4.    Showing a minor obscene material or child pornography;

5.    Providing obscene material, child pornography, or other material assistance to facilitate offenses against minors; or

6.    Employing or coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct outside of the United States for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

Also, the bill includes the prohibition of the use of materials to facilitate offenses against minors within the scope of enhanced penalties provisions. In addition, the bill authorizes a provider of electronic communication or remote computing services that reasonably believes it has obtained knowledge of facts and circumstances indicating a violation of provisions regarding child pornography to report to the Cyber Tip Line at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which shall forward that report to designated law enforcement agencies.  Finally, the measure directs the Attorney General to establish and supervise the development and operation of a comprehensive computerized database to facilitate the identification of child pornography produced with actual children and to facilitate the identification of perpetrators.


What Can You Do?

Urge your representative to Support the House to vote on the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002 (H.R. 4623)

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representative is... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.



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