Prince calls for protection of children

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30 October 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander on Tuesday said he wanted to protect all children from paedophilia, following the publication by a Dutch pro-paedophile organisation of an image of his three-year-old daughter on its website.

30 October 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander on Tuesday said he wanted to protect all children from paedophilia, following the publication by a Dutch pro-paedophile organisation of an image of his three-year-old daughter on its website.

Speaking during a state visit to Bhutan, the crown prince said he had himself not viewed the online images of his daughter Amalia and his two second cousins, the children of his first cousin prince Maurits, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

"I do not want to see the website. I am afraid I may lose it," the prince said, adding: "it is important to stop these kind of practises immediately. We want to have the pictures removed for the sake of our own children. But we also want to create jurisprudence for other people with children."

His wife Princess Maxima added: "If they put our children on such websites, they also do it with other children."

The pictures were posted on the website of a Dutch paedophile organisation called Martijn, founded in 1982 and promoting itself as "a platform for debate" about paedophilia.

The group says it strives "for social acceptance of child-adult relations" and appears intermittently in the media with demands to legalise paedophilia.

Repeated requests by the state attorney to remove the pictures have not had any effect.

On Monday a court ruled that the organisation will be forced to remove the pictures immediately, and imposed a EUR 50,000 fine on those responsible for posting the pictures online.

On October 26, an organisation acting against the exploitation of children, Stop Kindersex (Stop Child Abuse), informed the Dutch Royal Information and Communication Service RVD about the children's pictures on Martijn's website.

The picture of the Crown Princess Amalia, taken by the crown prince himself, was copied from the website of the Dutch royal family.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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