RECOMMENDATION 43

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

Congress should enact legislation to make the acts of child selling or child purchasing, for the production of sexually explicit visual depictions, a felony.

Federal prosecutors have been frustrated in their attempts to convict child buyers under the existing laws because purchasing or selling a child is not presently a crime.[522] In one case involving the sale of children for use in the production of pornography the only resort was for the Assistant United States Attorney to prosecute the offender for an immigration violation.[523]

Specific legislation would provide additional protection for children and curb the production and distribution of child pornography. Federal prosecutors would have an additional tool available to further the goal of child protection.

Notes

  1. Miami Hearing, Vol. II, Joyce Karlin, p. 170.
  2. Id.