*Despite six federal obscenity laws currently on the books, illegal hardcore pornography is running rampant on cable television and the Internet — and federal prosecutions are virtually nonexistent. That needs to change, says a group of researchers and anti-porn activists. 

At a briefing held at the U.S. Capitol, researchers and activists, including a former porn movie actress, highlighted the finding of leading researchers on the harm and long-term effects that hardcore pornography has on its viewers — especially children — and called on Congress to make the Justice Department to crack down on those who make and distribute illegal pornography.

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