From Iceland — Child Protection Laws Toughen

Child Protection Laws Toughen

Published May 21, 2012

A bill from the Ministry of the Interior, due to be submitted to parliament this fall, would toughen existing laws regarding child pornography and child exploitation.
Currently, Icelandic law forbids the production, sale and distribution of child pornography. Vísir reports that the new bill – created by the ministry’s Penal Committee and then sent to parliament’s General Committee – would also make it illegal to look at child pornography.
In addition, it will be illegal to produce pornography where the participant pretends to be a minor, even if they are over the age of 18. The bill, if passed, would also make it illegal to contact a child under 15 for sexual purposes, whether online or in person.
These changes and more are being made so that Iceland’s laws can be in harmony with the treaty Iceland signed with the European Union regarding child protection.
The bill will be ready for submission to the floor of parliament this autumn.

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