World powers closing net on child porn

Earlier this year, law enforcement agencies from five EU nations and the United States worked together to dismantle an international paedophilia network, and arrested perpetrators and distributors of child-abuse images and videos. This is not the only such case: two other joint police crackdowns co-ordinated by Europol over the past two years have resulted in more than 300 arrests. Suspects were identified in 30 countries, ranging from the United States to Australia. Teachers and a boy scout leader were among the suspects arrested.As these cases show, those who prey on children operate globally, without regard to borders – this is the reality that we must face and we must resolve. These criminals see the internet as one of their most valuable tools. The same internet that has helped revolutionise the way in which we conduct our everyday lives – and that has allowed government reformers and others to unite around the world – has also allowed perpetrators to widely disseminate images and videos of sexually abused children, while concealing the identities of the abusers. And each time an image or a video is spread further, that act of abuse is repeated again.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10852185Also see:NZ joins Global Alliance against child sexual abuse online [news release]
Justice Minister Judith Collins has joined with representatives of 48 countries in Brussels at the Ministerial launch of the Global Alliance against child sexual abuse online.The Global Alliance aims to eliminate legal loopholes exploited by the distributors of child abuse material, strengthen efforts to grow the Interpol international database of child abuse material, and make it easier to initiate joint cross-border police investigations.”Online sexual abuse of children knows no borders and child pornography circulates easily across countries.”I have been delighted with the enthusiasm and commitment displayed by all 48 countries in joining the Alliance. It’s critically important we work together to hold those who prey upon our children to account.”Earlier this year I announced the Government’s plans to increase the maximum penalty for possession of child pornography from five to 10 years imprisonment, and to update our existing laws to keep pace with advances in technology.”We are targeting those criminals who physically abuse children, take pictures or videos, and distribute these over the Internet. Recipients of child pornography do not just possess the pictures – they support child abuse by engaging in its dissemination.”We need a global approach to ensure that offenders are prosecuted, that victims receive the support and protection they require, that child pornography is eliminated as much as possible, and that we raise awareness of the risks posed by these activities online for children.”The Global Alliance will strengthen our resources to identify more victims of child sexual abuse, and ensure that they receive our help and support. We must bring more perpetrators to justice and fight the distribution of child abuse material online,” Ms Collins says.
http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/nz-joins-global-alliance-against-child-sexual-abuse-online

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