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No charges despite new child porn law

Rebecca Martin · 22 Jul 2011, 10:47

Published: 22 Jul 2011 10:47 GMT+02:00

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“We only discover this if we confiscate a computer on suspicion of another crime,” said Björn Sellström, head of the child porn unit at the national police (Rikskriminalen) to DN.

To download or own pornographic images or footage of children has been a crime in Sweden since 1999 and since July last year it has also been illegal to look at child porn, for example on internet sites.

But so far, no one has been charged with the crime.

According to the police this is because they can’t scan the net randomly to find these people. The discovery would have to occur in connection to another crime.

Also, Sellström told DN the law isn’t clear on how much child porn a person must have viewed on the internet for charges to be filed.

He also thinks that the courts aren’t aware of the nature of the material when they evaluate the crime.

“They don’t see the viewing of this material as sexual abuse but as possession,” he said to DN.

But according to Mari-Ann Roos of the department of justice the changes in legislation have served their purpose.

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She told the paper that the aim of the change in legislation was to close up holes and make sure that any action concerning child porn was a punishable offence.

“It is of less concern to us whether or not the police are able to take measure against the perpetrators,” she told DN.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:47 July 22, 2011 by N18h7m4r3
Yeah....because they are busy looking for file sharers.
15:29 July 22, 2011 by jacquelinee
Exactly. How can a Sweden as a country possibly be taken seriously on trying too battle child pornography when they have a curriculum in the school system that includes grundskol children given assignments to write essays on their sexual fantasies and are instructed to give detailed descriptions? And you expect a country who condones this to fight (instead of promote) child pornography? The school system here is asking the students to make their OWN child pornography for the love of God! Svin bra Sweden, s hit god!
01:03 July 23, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
You guys misunderstand the problem here.

The police - by law - are prevented from actively pursuing crime. They can only react to crime. They cannot go out and look for child porn because they themselves would be breaking the law. They cannot make undercover drug buys and they cannot even walk down a street where they know people are frequently robbed - trying to get robbed themselves. They would be entrapping the criminals.

Hopefully the laws will change soon.
06:40 July 23, 2011 by xexon
I have a question about Swedish society on this subject. And I'd like to hear what Swedes themselves have to say about it.

As we all know, Sweden and several other European counties produced most of the child porn up through the 1970's. What caused this shift of attitudes?

Was it an internal realization, or was it outside pressure? Specifically the US Christian community. I know they've had a similar effect in Japan on the lolita culture there.

I've wondered about his for years and I appreciate the chance to know your minds on this.

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