Dutch authorities to investigate paedophile group Martijn

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The Dutch Public Prosecutors Office has launched an investigation into the activities of paedophile association Martijn.

Spokesperson Ernst Pols said the authorities want to gain full insight into the group and its members. Martijn campaigns for the "acceptance of paedophilia and adult-child love relationships", and calls for the abolition of the age of sexual consent. "We now need to take action", Mr Pols said. Martijn has become the focus of media attention to such an extent that a preliminary investigation was inevitable.

It is not clear how much time the Public Prosecutors' Office will need for its preliminary investigation, which could turn into a criminal investigation if the Office finds any evidence of criminal activities. The investigation was launched after members of Martijn expressed support for the suspects in the Amsterdam sex abuse scandal.

Martijn reportedly advertised on the website boyhood-magazine.org which was run by chief suspect Robert Mikelsons and his male spouse. The website, now closed down, featured photos of children in sexual poses. It also included links to sites containing explicit child pornography.

Robert Mikelsons, originally from Latvia, is alleged to have sexually abused dozens of young children in his care at Amsterdam day care centres.

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