How do you stop teens from sexting? Introduce a 15 year prison sentence as punishment.
The U.S. House of Representatives have passed legislation that sends teens who are convicted of sexting to federal prison for a minimum of 15 years.
This includes taking or sending explicit photos for one’s boyfriend or girlfriend.
The“Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017” was largely supported by the Republican-controlled House in Washington D.C. Two from the right side of aisle voted against it, along with 53 Democrats who opposed the bill.
Representative John Conyers of Michigan has pointed out the consequences of this act, stating that children will not be any safer.
”We are under a new regime here at the federal level, and I can’t depend on relying on the prosecutorial discretion to protect juveniles under this statute.”
Therefore, as a result of this bill, teens in the future may go to prison for 15 years over some harmless indiscretion because a bunch of representatives think it’s the fairest thing to do.