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THE URGENT NEED OF CYBERCRIME TO CONTRAST CHILD PORN: the case of Philippines

Under RA 7610, “any person who shall hire, employ, use, persuade, induce or coerce a child to perform in obscene exhibitions and indecent shows, whether live or in video, or model in obscene publications or pornographic materials or to sell or distribute the said materials” may be imprisoned for eight to 10 years.

Focus

woEven more aspects of our life move to digital networks and obviously, crime comes with them; new vulnerabilities and new type of crimes can be found in this digital environment.

Words such as digitization, anonymity, interconnectivity and decentralization express the difficulties oft the digital era. With new crimes come new forms of policing and new forms of surveillance, and with these come new dangers for civil liberties, even if it is not simply to create laws banning new practices. It is required to redesign digital architectures to reduce the risk of criminal conduct and security creaches in the first place.

A serious international problem that involves the digital area is Child Pornography; paedophilia, commonly understood as a sexual preference of form of expression that involves fantasies and imaginings about sexual activity with children, undoubtedly is linked to child prostitution.

For these reason efforts to harmonize laws at an international level constitute an important step in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

Paedophilia networks have been using computer networks for such purposes from as early as 1986. The problem became more prominent in the 1990s, however, with the widespread use of Internet.

Last week, international news agencies reported that investigators in the Philippines, Britain and Australia and the United States worked together in dismantling the ring, and 29 arrests have been made.

Despite the major crackdown, Philippine authorities acknowledge that much still needs to be done in the crusade against child pornography. Thejwqj chief of the Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group said the country is one of the 10 top sources of child pornography in the world, and went as far as describing it as a “cottage industry.”

“We passed it in 2012, but’s now it’s pending before the court because of the libel provision. That’s understandable, but now we really need it because cyber pornography is becoming widespread,” Sen. Grace Poe said, “If our laws are not strong, we can’t force them to cooperate with our policemen. The laws should catch up with modern technology” .

Conclusion

Shutting down cyber pornographers is not easy, advances in computer technology have seen to that. Anyone with a smart phone, tablet or other Internet device has ready access to thousands of sites offering online sex. In addition, anti-cybercrime authorities are hamstrung by the refusal of telecommunications companies to open their Internet log files to law enforcers looking for evidence to nail down suspected online criminals.

The total cleansing or elimination of Internet child pornography is an impossible task, however effective implementation, enforcement and harmonization of child porn laws could nevertheless help to reduce the availability and dissemination of child pornography on the Internet substantially. Future policies should focus primarily on the wider problem of the sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children

 

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