Sexual exploitation of children will be punished more severely after a new law passed a final parliamentary hurdle.
Those found to have supplied, distributed or made an “objectionable material” face a maximum 14 years in prison, up from 10.
The penalty for possession, import and export also increases, from five years to 10.
And those convicted of a child exploitation material offence will almost certainly go to jail, under the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill.
The bill also targets paedophiles who attempt to “groom” under-16s online by establishing a new offence of “indecent communication with a young person”.
It will apply to texts, verbal and any other communications.
And it closes a legal loophole, ensuring that Kiwis who assist foreigners in sexual exploitation of children overseas can be prosecuted here. [Read more…]