A Californian hotel has been successfully sued for involuntarily subjecting children to hardcore pornographic movies.
Guest Edwina McCombs visited the Value Lodge in Artesia with her two daughters, aged eight and nine, last year.
Leaving her daughters to watch cartoons McCombs took a bath, during which time they changed the channel and accessed pornography.
The court was told Value Lodge does not block access to porn channels, although usual industry practise requires a credit card or an affirmative action to view such channels.
McCombs’ lawyer Eliot Krieger says the successful suit shows hotels have a duty of care towards patrons.
“If hotels don’t have lock-outs that prevent young children from being involuntarily subjected to pornography, they will be liable,” Krieger says.
McCombs was awarded US$20,000 in damages and US$65,000 in court and medical expenses to cover the costs of her daughters’ therapy.
By staff writer