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ECPAT: Police Crackdown Welcomed

Police Crackdown Welcomed

Operation Tercel spearheaded by Police to crack down on those dealing with the publication and distribution of pornography portraying child abuse should be seen as a strong signal to those who are engaged in this despicable behavior.

ECPAT Director Alan Bell says “We consider this action as significant in the process of bringing offenders before the courts. The Police, Customs and Internal Affairs are to be commended on their response. Society at large needs to become more vigilant and alert to the risks. The sexual exploitation of children should no longer be tolerated. The current operation sends a very clear and strong message that the law will be enforced and offenders will be caught and penalised".

There is a need for education in this area. Parents and those involved in child care need to recognise the signs that could indicate a potential abuser. A recent survey by ECPAT reveals that 22% of those surveyed do not have household rules regarding the safe use of the Internet. All organisations that are responsible for groups of children should have appropriate policies and safeguards in place to protect those in their care.

It is hoped that Operation Tercel might be a catalyst for those involved in the care of children - including enforcement agencies, child protection agencies, the Internet industry, families, schools, and youth groups - to be vigilant and active in the prevention of potential offences from occurring.

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