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Laing sentencing

Statement by ECPAT NZ Director; Lyn Mayson

While ECPAT NZ applauds the work done by the NZ DIA in collaboration and co-operation with the Canadians we find the term of the sentence somewhat lacking.

Judge Recordon did use the upper end of the sentencing term, however this Laing who has had several previous opportunities to “rehabilitate” have been unsuccessful to the damage and detriment of several more children from 0 to 12 years of age.
Is that OK New Zealand?

This is not a victimless crime and in fact the number of victims has not even been identified. Child pornography is “Child Sexual Abuse” yet our laws treat it like a internet/censorship crime.

Objectionable material when it is Child Sexual abuse.

The consequence for the victims and their families are serious and lifelong. The fact that digital images were made can result in ongoing stress and anxiety as there can be no guarantees as to where and when these images might be distributed.

In the interest of protecting our children it is important that those breaking the law in regard to child pornography are dealt with strongly as a deterrent to others. “However perhaps the most disturbing element is the evidence collected over a period of time that reveals the nature of child sex abuse cases are becoming more tragic and horrific as they have their innocence ripped from them. Their images are now available forever and can never be retrieved.

ECPAT is determined to support the bringing to justice of offenders like these and also to assist organisations to take adequate protective measures so that children are not subjected to this disgusting behaviour that scars their life forever.

ECPAT is a not for profit agency set up to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.


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