Lawmakers in Hawaii have introduced legislation that would require internet users to pay a one-time $20 fee to gain access to online pornography. The money collected would be deposited into a fund to help fight human trafficking and the exploitation of children.
"It doesn't make sense for children to have to access to X-rated material on their cell phones," said Hawaiian State Sen. Mike Gabbard, who sponsored the Senate bill. He also introduced a similar bill during last year's legislative session.
An advocacy group called Special Forces of Liberty has been pushing similar tax bills in state legislatures around the country to fund anti-trafficking efforts.
Kathleen Winn, a spokeswoman for the SFL, told CNN the bills were "not putting restrictions on content, but on the access to it." She compared it to similar restrictions on pornography and adult content that were in place when she was growing up in the days before the internet.
"In stores, Playboys and Penthouses were wrapped in brown paper. Those laws are still on the books," Winn said. "And kids can't go to R-rated movies."
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