Hilton hotel bans porn

  • 18/08/2015
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A decision to banish hardcore porn from Hilton hotel rooms will have its private dissenters but a Christian lobby group says it's high time the chain gave smut the flick.

Family First has praised Hilton Hotels and Resorts for removing all on-demand pornographic videos from its properties, including hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Taupo.

The move was announced by America's National Center on Sexual Exploitation which commended the hotel group for "no longer seeking profits from hardcore pornography".

As a show of approval, the centre removed Hilton Hotels from the dirty dozen, its list of 12 large corporates deemed to be fuelling sexual exploitation.

New Zealand's conservative family values group Family First says Hilton's decision would help protect families, children and pornography addicts.

"Society is finally being woken up to the fact that pornography is harmful and leads to addictions, broken marriages, increased sexual violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and prostitution," said the group's national director Bob McCoskrie.

Mr McCoskrie said he'd been calling for these changes since he was approached by distraught parents whose eight-year-old had inadvertently watched porn in the family's hotel room.

It was now time for all other hotel chains to follow suit, he said.

This decision follows similar moves by Google, which changed its policy to prohibit ads that link to sexually explicit content, and Facebook, which has taken steps to improve efforts to block and report child pornography on its site.

Hilton Hotels and Resorts have yet to issue a media release on the move and Hilton New Zealand management have not returned calls.

NZN