Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Child protection – or school statistics?

Child protection – or school statistics?

According to a report in The Press today a man charged with possessing and distributing child pornography has been granted bail and name suppression until his sentencing in February 2012. The 33 year old had his laptop computers and a camera seized and were found to contain pictures of boys aged from five years to their late teens, nude or in sexualised poses. Although the man admitted the charges his defence argued for name suppression on the grounds that a school who was his former employer supported name suppression as they “were struggling for enrolments.”

Alan Bell, Director of the child protection agency ECPAT Child ALERT comments “ Whilst it is understandable that the school should not be penalised for this crime their concern for enrolments leading to supporting name suppression of a child pornography offender is questionable. The question must be asked which is actually more important – the roll strength or seeing justice dealt out to an offender. The fact that the man remains on bail with name suppression is of concern.”

The man admitted charges of possessing and distributing objectionable material. He admitted to investigators that he had uploaded and downloaded files. Some of the files were protected by passwords and could only be accessed later, when a further 3000 objectionable files were found.

The man’s actions indicate a person who was very deliberate and resolute in his offending. He protected his horde of child sex abuse images and was aware he was acting illegally. Each of these images represents a real person who has been exploited and every time they are accessed the crime is repeated and the support for an illegal industry trading in children’s images as commodities to be stored, distributed and sold is perpetuated.” Says Mr Bell “ It would have been better for the school to separate itself from this man and his crimes and increase their enrolments by demonstrating that they found his actions totally unacceptable and that they would not tolerate any such action in their efforts to provide a safe environment for prospective pupils.”

The issue of child sex abuse images is commonly referred to as child pornography. This is a global phenomenon and statistics gained through the Department of Internal Affairs Censorship Compliance Unit confirm that New Zealand is not exempt from this criminal activity and in fact matches most other developed countries around the world due to the availability and ease of access to this material via the Internet.

ECPAT Child ALERT is a registered charitable trust working to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Campbell on: the local body election result in Wellington

For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%).

Even less was felt to be at stake this time around than in 2016, when 45% of the electorate voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty.

To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. . More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels