Man Arrested For Child Porn, Blames Google For Making It Too Easy To Find

from the well-there's-a-defense dept

It's amazing how little anyone is willing to accept blame these days. They always find someone else to blame for their actions. For an extreme example, a guy in the UK arrested for having more than 16,000 child porn photos is using the unique defense that it's all Google's fault for making it so easy to access the photos. His lawyer noted: "He feels that he would not have committed these offences if this information was not so freely available. He feels if companies like Google did not provide access to such sites, he would not have committed the offences." It's tough to see the court buying that kind of argument.

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    PaulT (profile), 21 May 2008 @ 12:53am

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    Hmmm... you make a few interesting arguments but they're mainly wrong-headed. First of all, the article is from the UK, where the age of consent is 16, so for a "child porn" crime, you really do tend to be looking at very young children who cannot make mature sexual decisions - usually 14 or below. Unlike the US, where nude pictures of 17 year old seem to get labelled as child porn, if this stuff is prosecuted in the UK, it really is young children being exploited.

    FTA: "He indicated that the bulk of this material related to children - male and female - aged between eight and 14 and that he understood that these images were of children being sexually abused"

    That's a hell of a long way from Brooke Shields happening to be naked in Pretty Baby, The Blue Lagoon or Playboy (though you can certainly argue that she was being exploited nonetheless, and such imagery would definitely be illegal now).

    ...and that's the point, and the reason why pedophilia is such a hot topic. An 8 year old cannot make an informed decision about sex. They can easily be manipulated into being abused and exploited. This abuse and exploitation is what is really illegal, not necessarily pedophilia itself, and it's a serious crime because these images cannot be made without abusing a child.

    "in other countries of the world it is normal and acceptable for girls as young as 12-14 to get married and have children"

    In other countries, it's OK to stone women to death for being seen in public with a man. In other countries, a woman can be put to death for being the victim of rape. In other countries, you can be legally murdered for "practising witchcraft".

    Just because something is "OK in other countries", that does not mean it's something that is, or should be, acceptable in the Western world.

    "If one partner is old enough to be a parent, you don't have equality you have a sex slave."

    "Oh so its ok if 18 year olds have sex with 12 year olds?"

    Somehow, I don't think you read what he said.

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