Child porn trading happening regularly in NZ

3 News 18 Feb 2011
New Zealanders are not aware of the degree of child sexual exploitation in their own community according to an international prevention group. Alan Bell, Director of ECPAT Child ALERT says even though New Zealand authorities rank among the best in the world, residents do not seem to understand that children are still being abused in our neighbourhoods. “People need to understand that the images are of real children who feel the pain and suffer the trauma for a lifetime,” he said. Child pornography is a multi-million dollar business where children are traded as commodities. It is closely linked to child prostitution and child trafficking for sexual purposes. The warning echoes that of Crown prosecutor Kathy Basire who said the courts are seeing a new type of offender during the sentencing of a former teacher for possession of objectionable material in Christchurch yesterday. “General deterrence doesn’t seem to be working. The type of person getting caught by the police net is not what you would normally consider criminal. It would seem to be rife throughout the community,” she said. Judge David Saunders said the “naming and shaming” of offenders had a real deterrent effect in these cases, rather than the prospect of terms of imprisonment. Meanwhile, New Zealand Customs Service Comptroller, Martyn Dunne has also warned that the trading of child sexual abuse material is happening in every part of society. “Our communities need to be educated that the online movement and trading of child sexual abuse material is regularly happening throughout all corners of our society. The worrying aspect of this activity is that it is not a victimless crime, it is increasing in volume, numbers of offenders, and seriousness of content”, he said.An estimated 20 percent of all pornography traded over the Internet is child pornography, and since 1997, the number of child pornography images available on the Internet has increased by 1500 percent, according to ECPAT. According to the Prostitution Law Reform Review Committee Report 2008, there are approximately 200 children involved in prostitution in New Zealand.

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