CRACKDOWN ON PORNOGRAPHY IN SAIPAN SHOPS

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (January 4, 2001 - Saipan Tribune/PINA Nius Online)---Northern Marianas police officers will conduct an island-wide information campaign for owners of establishments selling pornographic materials. They will be fully informed about the recently signed law that prohibits the selling of such items to minors.

The law states that it is now illegal to display or show any graphic reproduction of genitalia or sexual contact -- unless such material is used for medical reference or for educational purposes -- without prominently posting a notice in English, Chamorro, Carolinian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Tagalog. The establishment also must prohibit admittance to persons who are below the age of 18.

Some Japanese groups have complained to tourism officials that the display of pornographic materials in the stores affects the image of Saipan as an ideal tourist destination for Japanese families.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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