Tuesday 27 September 2016

Porn a 'health crisis'

Published 21/04/2016 | 02:30

Utah's Republican Governor Gary Herbert Photo: REUTERS/Mike Theiler/File photo
Utah's Republican Governor Gary Herbert Photo: REUTERS/Mike Theiler/File photo

The American state of Utah has declared pornography a public health crisis.

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The move seeks to shield its citizens from an "epidemic" of addictive sexual content. A major adult entertainment trade group dismissed the move as "noxious" and an "old-fashioned morals bill".

However, experts say it could open the door to other US states to follow suit.

"Pornography is a public health crisis. The problem is rampant, yet it thrives in secrecy and silence," said Gary Herbert, the Republican governor of predominantly Mormon Utah, after signing the resolution.

The resolution cites what it says are numerous detrimental effects of porn, and calls for people in Utah to cooperate in curtailing the consumption of pornographic material.

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