Arizona House Passes Thorpe Bill To Protect Kids From Online Predators, Porn

Child welfare advocates are praising the Arizona Legislature for their support of Rep. Bob Thorpe’s resolution, HCR 2009, intended to raise awareness of the dangers of access to online and offline obscenity and pornography by minors. Thorpe’s resolution passed the Arizona House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The resolution passed in a 50-6 vote, with only representatives Benally, Blanc, Gonzalez, Hernandez, Powers Hannley and Salman rejecting the proposal to protect children from predators.

“Rep. Thorpe is a champion for the children of Arizona. Protecting our children from online predators, sexually explicit content, and exploitation is critical to a healthy upbringing. Safety and mental well-being of our children should be everyone’s concern. PROJECT 25, whose mission is to end sexual exploitation and human/sex trafficking by 2025, applauds these efforts and congratulate the Arizona Legislature for taking the first steps to protect our future by removing access to inappropriate content that adversely influences our children,” stated Kathleen Winn Executive Director PROJECT 25 and co-founder of VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking).

Andrea Kadar, statewide Ambassador for Shared Hope International stated, “Activists against child pornography, domestic minor sex trafficking, and child safety advocates greatly appreciate the work of Rep. Bob Thorpe.”

HCR 2009 urges the state and all political subdivisions to curtail access by minors to online and offline obscenity and pornography and increase law enforcement efforts to protect minors against human trafficking, sex trafficking and prostitution. The resolution also directs the Secretary of State to transmit a copy of the resolution to the Governor and the governing bodies of all political subdivisions.

“State and local government officials and law enforcement agencies need to do all that they can in order to protect our youth, especially vulnerable female minors, against sexual predators,” said Rep. Thorpe. “HCR 2009 urges Arizona officials to make protecting our youth a priority and increase statewide sting operations against sexual predators.”

1 Comment on "Arizona House Passes Thorpe Bill To Protect Kids From Online Predators, Porn"

  1. The Arizona legislators would do better to pass laws that impose the death penalty as the only penalty for all who are convicted of rape, incest, child molestation, and online child predatory acts.

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