Germany mulls tough laws after child porn scandal

Last Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 03:10

Berlin: German government is mulling tougher laws to fight unauthorised production and distribution of naked pictures in the country amid heated discussions on child protection.

The draft would in general outlaw the production and distribution of photos of "unclothed people", an act that would entail imprisonment up to three years or a fine, media reported citing German justice ministry sources.

In addition, those who obtain naked photos though exchange rings or establish contacts with children and young people via mail or chat forums for sexual purposes would also get prison penalty, according to the draft.

The recent child porn scandal surrounding former German lawmaker Sebastian Edathy, who is under investigation for allegedly having purchased videos and photos of naked children and youth from a Canadian firm, has sparked heated discussions in Germany.
According to media reports, the Child Protection Agency and other groups in the country have called for tougher laws that would outlaw the sale of pictures of naked children.
The Bundesrat, or the upper house of German parliament, Friday also urged the government to better protect children and young people by toughening criminal regulations.

IANS

First Published: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 03:10

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