A bill introduced by a Republican member of the South Carolina legislature would require that sellers of computers and other devices with internet access must be free of pornography. Introduced by state Rep. Bill Chumley, the proposed Human Trafficking Prevention legislation would mean that retailers will have to ensure that blocking software is installed on the devices they sell in South Carolina.
The proposed legislation would also prohibit access to any online hub that facilitates prostitution while requiring manufacturers and sellers to block websites that facilitate human trafficking.
There is a loophole, however. Manufacturers, under the proposal, would have to pay a fine for selling devices that do not have blocking installed, but they can opt out by paying $20 per device sold. For their part, purchasers would pay $20 to remove the porn filter after verifying their age. The revenue earned would be directed to the task force on human trafficking now managed by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office.
Chumley represents Spartanburg, a city in upstate South Carolina. Local officials have said that the region is of special concern as to human trafficking due to its location along Interstate 85 between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. The two latter cities are month the top 20 in the nation for sex-trafficking in the nation. South Carolina has had 1,330 calls to the hotline and reported 308 actual human trafficking cases since 2007, according to the National Human Trafficking hotline. Police believe that the number of persons being trafficked may be higher than what is registered because many cases are unreported and victims are silenced.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.