South Carolina lawmakers are eying a measure intended to block access to pornography on all new personal computers.
The bill would require manufacturers and sellers of computers and internet-capable devices to install a software that would block pornography.
South Carolinians would still be able to view pornography — for a price. State residents over 18 would have to pay a one-time, $20 fee to get the blocking software removed on each computer or device.
South Carolina State Rep. William Chumley (R), one of the measure's sponsors, told Reuters the money raised would be used to help prevent human trafficking.
“This is a way to preserve freedom, not to raise taxes and combat a serious problem all in one,” Chumley said.
It is unclear when the bill would be considered.
Chumley said it would draw attention to state Republicans' anti-pornography platform.
"Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions," the Republicans said in their platform, as reported by Reuters. "We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography, which is closely linked to human trafficking."