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EU member states have to strengthen measures against sexual abuse of children

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMember states of the European Union have to take more serious measures and cooperate more intensely with Europol and information technology industry to better combat sexual abuse of children, as noted by members of the European Parliament.

On Thursday, 14 December, members of the parliament approved a resolution that detailed successful realization of the 2011 EU directive of combating sexual abuse of children. The resolution developed by MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt was approved with 597 votes in favour 6 votes against and 20 MEPs abstaining.

MEPs note that websites featuring sexual abuse of children should be deleted. In cases when this is not possible, countries should restrict access to such websites from their territory.

Law enforcement institutions should improve cooperation with IT industry, Interpol and third countries to speed up information exchange and website closure process. MEPs propose compiling blacklists of websites that contain materials involving sexual abuse of children. Information about those websites should be exchanged with member states, Europol and Interpol, as well as internet service providers.

Funding and human resources, cross-border information exchange and better investigation procedures in the digital environment are the conditions to help protect children from sexual abuse and violence, as stated in the resolution.

MEPs are worried about the risks children are subjected to online. Because of that, it is proposed to develop more effective mechanism for crimes like ‘revenge pornography’ and sexual blackmail. Member states that have not done this yet would have to establish criminal liability for online persecution of children online.

MEPs also note that migrant children are especially poorly protected against violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse. Member states are advised to improve cooperation between police and other important institutions, as well as improve information exchange between institutions to find missing children.

The resolution invites member states to introduce a mechanism for checking backgrounds of people that organize voluntary work for children to check if they have any past criminal record. MEPs also propose «regularly exchanging information about individuals that have been known to threaten children».

Members of the parliament also remind the most cases of sexual abuse of children are not reported to the police. Member states are invited to form or strengthen child support services. They have to ensure protection of abused children and be accessible day and night free of charge.


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