I saw a story on Scarborough country the other day about pre paid "porn cards" which were on sale in New York at news stands. The idea being that one can purchase a pre paid card in the same way as a phone card and buy time to view pay to view porn sites on the Internet instead of using your credit card directly.
The problem was that the operators at these news stands sold some cards to teenagers under 18 years despite it clearly stating on the cards that they were for sale to adults only.
You can see the story here
one anti porn group is saying that the operators of the porn sites and the card distributors should be charged with providing porn to children. The porn site operators are saying that if any charges arise it should be against the vendor that sold the cards to minors and that they have done no wrong because the sites are intended for consenting adults only and they make this quite clear.
I would add that the anti porn group taking the case wants to ban pornography completely, even for consenting adults.
So who should be held accountable?
My view is that the vendor should be charged for selling to minors...he should have checked for ID before selling such items. Tobacco and alcohol industries don't get charged if a store sells their product to minors so I see no difference here.
Parents should act responsibly if they allow their children Internet access