Minister wants national approach to child pornography

17th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten says it is unacceptable that some regions of the country tackle child pornography less effectively than others and that there are so many unsolved cases.

He wants to create a 'national child pornography steering group' - including the police and the Public Prosecutor's office - to set priorities and targets to combat the problem. There will also be a national team for information, coordination and detection.

The minister wants to see arrests increased by 25 percent in the next two and a half years and promised more concrete plans in June.

He also expressed support for Christian Democrat MP Madeleine van Toorenburg who wants to have any invasion of a child's body legally classed as rape so that longer sentences can be imposed.

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