Progress in Prosecution of Distributors of Images
End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking in Children
Media Release Monday 19th July 2005
Significant Progress in Prosecution of Distributors
of Child Sex Abuse Images
The conviction of Gary Ramon
Shaw today in the Wellington District Court for distributing
images of children being sexually abused sounds a clear
warning. The strong message is that the law is keeping up
with technology and will prosecute those trying to hide
Previously people engaged in the distribution of such images may have felt safe using computer applications such as “peer-to-peer” to avoid detection. The sentence handed down today of nine months imprisonment for distribution and $2000 fine for possession has demonstrated that this is not the case.
Alan Bell, Director of ECPAT NZ states “ The work of the Department of Internal Affairs to bring this case to court and the decision reached in court are to be commended. The images in question are not to be mistaken for computer images – they are images of real children being sexually abused. And they are images that remain available and continue to haunt the victims for years to come. If offenders thought they were safe misusing the internet for this purpose, they need to think again.”
ECPAT NZ is part of a global network protecting children against commercial sexual exploitation.