The Herald reports:
New, harsher penalties for making, trading or possessing child abuse imagery have been passed into law with unanimous support.
The legislation increased the maximum jail term for possessing, importing or exporting objectionable publications from five years to 10 years.
It clarified that possession included viewing the objectionable material, not just downloading or saving it.
The maximum penalty for supplying, distributing or making an objectionable publication increased from 10 to 14 years’ jail time.
It introduced a new offence of “indecent communication with a young person”, which applied to any communication with a person under 16 years old including text message and online contact.
The bill passed without dissent, but an interesting comment:
Greens also backed the changes, though MP Catherine Delahunty said harsher sentences would not solve the deeply rooted social problems which led to child exploitation.
“We have to ask ourselves in what way do our infrastructures, social structures, and businesses collude with the predators, rather than just saying: “Lock up the predator, throw away the key, block them from the internet, everything will be fine.'”
A serious question to the Green Party. How exactly do businesses collude with child sex offenders?