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Coalition of conservative groups believe hotel porn may be prosecutable

Ron Brynaert
Published: Tuesday August 22, 2006

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A coalition of conservative groups that "strongly believe" hotel porn is prosecutable have issued an "urgent appeal" to the Department of Justice to "immediately investigate" two leading in-room adult movie distributors, RAW STORY has found.

"Pornographic movies now seem nearly as pervasive in America's hotel rooms as tiny shampoo bottles, and the lodging industry shows little concern as conservative activists rev up a protest campaign aimed at triggering a federal crackdown," David Cary reports for the Associated Press.

"A coalition of 13 conservative groups — including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America — took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws," Cary writes.

The advertisment featured a remote control above two outstretched, handcuffed hands.

"If what begins with a click can end as a registered sex offense, it's time we rethink hardcore porn," the ad said (PDF link).

"DOJ and FBI should immediately investigate whether 'adult' videos being sold in hotels by OnCommand and LodgeNet violate long-established Federal and State laws regarding distribution of obscene material," the ad continues.

"Adult hardcore pornography can tragically lead to sex crimes against women and children," the ad explains. "Yet sex videos are available in millions of U.S. hotel rooms which we strongly believe are prosecutable."

"We call on the Department of Justice to immediately investigate the companies that distribute it," the ad demands.

The Campaign for Corporate Responsibility includes the following conservative groups: Citizens for Community Values, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, American Decency Association, Morality in Media, American Family Association, Exodus International, American Values, AFA of Michigan, CCV of Indiana, Center for Moral Clarity, Center for Reclaiming America, and Coalitions for America.

At its Website, the coalition provides a list of offensive adult videos offered by OnCommand and Lodge Net, including such titles as MILK and COOKIES after School, Hustler’s ALL GIRL Slumber Party, and Bi Bi American Pie.

"The lists speak for themselves," Citizens for Community Values President Phil Burress said in a press release. "This is not mere nudity. We’re talking about every conceivable form of degrading, distorted sex."

"We’re talking about the types of material, which are addictive in nature, which men are lured into viewing in the privacy of their hotel rooms, and which have been responsible for sexual crimes and for the breakdown of countless marriages, families and careers," Burress continued. "And we’re talking about a company and its leader who care more about the dollar than about those men, women, children and families."

The A.P. estimates that "adult movies are available in roughly 40 percent of the nation's hotels, representing more than 1.5 million rooms."

"Industry analysts suggest that these adult offerings generate 60 to 80 percent of total in-room entertainment revenue — several hundred million dollars a year," Crary reports for the A.P.

Although the advertisement didn't single out any hotel chains "by name because of legal concerns," a spokesman for Hilton slammed the coalition for targeting adult entertainment.

"Really ultraconservative groups try to target the hotels in their zest to eliminate porn," Hilton's Kathy Shepard told the A.P. "In their zest to have their personal morals prevail, they're eliminating choice for others."