NZ joins Global Alliance against child sexual abuse online
06 December 2012
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.