Duncan Files JUSTICE Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) re-introduced the Jurists United to Stop Trafficking Imitation Child Exploitation (JUSTICE) Act to prohibit the importation or transportation of child-like sex dolls:
“This issue is one that all Americans, Republican and Democrat, can come together and demand a solution to protect innocent children. The JUSTICE Act is a commonsense and necessary answer to a disturbing problem in our world. Pedophiles and predators use child-like sex dolls that are imported from overseas to practice their perverted acts. We need to stop them in their tracks – and that’s why this legislation is so crucial. I will work to move this bill through the House of Representatives so we can safeguard our precious children and their likeness.”
Background: The JUSTICE Act adds “child-like sex dolls” to the already legally defined list of banned obscenities that are prohibited from being imported into the United States or transported across state lines. The penalty for violation under that section of law includes up to five years in prison per offense. Most of these items are manufactured in China and shipped around the world, causing countries like Great Britain and Australia and states like Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee to outlaw them. Similar legislation passed the House of Representatives unanimously in the 115th Congress. This bill is supported by the Stop Abuse Campaign, the Child Rescue Coalition, and the House Values Acton Team.
- You can read the bill HERE.
- Watch Congressman Duncan discuss the JUSTICE Act during a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup HERE.
Original cosponsors: Calvert (CA), Waltz (FL), Posey (FL), Carter (GA), Joyce (OH), Perry (PA), Timmons (SC), Fleischmann (TN), Gosar (AZ), Kelly (MS), Budd (NC), Weber (TX), Norman (SC), Davis (IL), Bacon (NE), Rutherford (FL), and Banks (IN).
South Carolina Senator Katrina Shealy is the author of similar South Carolina specific legislation in the General Assembly:
“The practice of exploiting children is sickening, and we are going to make it crystal clear that this behavior is not welcome in South Carolina,” Senator Katrina Shealy said. “My hope would be that legislation to address such abhorrent acts would not be needed here, but the disturbing trend has impacted other states; it was time to take a second look at our laws and ensure that children are protected in all areas of predatory acts.” Read more from December HERE.