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By Greg Goodsell

5/14/2010 (4 years ago)

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Government refuses ruling against child pornography

Visual depictions of children engaged in sexual activity - child pornography or "kiddie porn" -- is considered abhorrent in most world cultures. That didn't stop the ruling Democratic Party of Japan from refusing to support legislation that would outlaw the possession of child pornography. The party has denied the legislation on the grounds that it would infringe individuals' freedom of expression.

Japanese authorities say there has been a stepped-up police campaign against people that sell sexual images of children.

Japanese authorities say there has been a stepped-up police campaign against people that sell sexual images of children.

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By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/14/2010 (4 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - To counter this, Japanese authorities say there has been a stepped-up police campaign against people that sell sexual images of children. Twenty people were arrested this week for posting child pornography on a mobile phone web site that was set up by a 17-year-old high school student. It came hot on the heels of the case where a Japanese mother took indecent images of her infant son and sold them via the internet. Japan's National Police Agency said it received 4,486 complaints from the public of child pornography on the internet in 2009. A record number of 650 people were charged with offences related to child pornography. Many fear that these prosecutions represent just the tip of the iceberg. "We are urging all the political parties here to ban the possession of child pornography in the present session of parliament, but I am not at all optimistic that it will happen," Keiji Goto, a lawyer and chairman of the Forum for Creating a Society That Does Not Tolerate Child Pornography says. "We consider child pornography to be the worst of all evils and we find it hard to understand how images of naked children tied up with ropes can be considered acceptable," Goto said. "The only people who will be pleased at the failure to pass this legislation are pedophiles."

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