UNICEF press release on child porn in Thailand

Bangkok, 11 October 2010 – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is urging Thai authorities to bring to bear “the full force of the law” on those found to be producing, distributing or selling videos or any other material related to the sexual exploitation of children.

Tomoo Hozumi, the UNICEF Representative in Thailand, called upon authorities to “act quickly” on recent newspaper reports about the open display and sale of graphic sexual videos involving children.

“The sale of such material is a blatant and serious violation of children’s rights, and it must not be tolerated for another day.” Hozumi said.

The recent reports in the Bangkok Post newspaper highlighted the display and sale of child pornography DVDs and VCDs along Sukhumvit Road, from Sukhumvit Soi 3 to Soi 21.

“Thailand has made great progress in protecting children from sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse,” Hozumi said. “But by not responding quickly to these reports, it is in danger of damaging its reputation as a country that is working hard to stop the exploitation of children.”

In addition to stopping the sale of such videos, which the reports said featured children from several countries, including Thailand, Hozumi said authorities also should investigate where and how such videos are being produced and distributed to vendors.

“Authorities need to bring to bear the full force of the law on anyone found to be producing, distributing or selling videos or any other materials related to the sexual exploitation of children.” Hozumi said.

Under Thai law, selling pornographic material is a criminal offense carrying a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a maximum fine of Baht 6,000.

PRESS RELEASE ENDS

It's a good sign UNICEF is putting it's weight behind this issue and, fair enough, it comes in response to the Bangkok Post article so for a change I have to tip my hat in that direction. What's needed now is a statement from ECPAT. The UNICEF statement is, in all honesty, a little light.

For those keeping tabs, Bangkok Post had a follow-up story on Sunday: Child porn on sale despite 'Crackdown'.

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3 thoughts on “UNICEF press release on child porn in Thailand

  1. Hi! The penalties are a joke compared to the damage they do to the children. I know stopping the sales is a big step but this problem needs to be taken care of from the root, the moveimakers.
    Beside that, social efforts must be made to prevent children from being lured into this sort of thing. Education is the best weapon.

  2. Let's just pick out two portions of that press release and put them next to each other:

    “reputation as a country that is working hard to stop the exploitation of children.”

    …and…

    “maximum fine of Baht 6,000”

    Can I smell a bit of sarcasm in there, or am I thinking too much again? :)

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