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Source: CDU CSU

October 20, 2020

Union parliamentary group welcomes tightening of penalties in the draft law to better protect children from sexual violence

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the federal cabinet will pass the bill to combat sexual violence against children. The deputy chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Thorsten Frei, explains:

“Child sexual abuse and child pornography must have no place in our society. Every single case, every single terrible fate of a child is one too many. Against this background, I expressly welcome the draft law that will be in the Cabinet tomorrow to improve the protection of children against sexual violence, because it contains many of the tightening of penalties for sexual abuse and child pornography that the Union has long called for. This is important because child protection in criminal law and criminal procedure law is not just a symbolic policy – it has very concrete effects on the everyday practice of investigators.

It is a good thing that the draft also provides for making, making, selling or owning child expo dolls a criminal offense. From my point of view, however, further improvements are needed so that the investigators are finally given all the tools to be able to successfully track down pedagogical criminals. I therefore hope that we can still come to an understanding with the coalition partner in the parliamentary procedure, for example to make searches easier at night. Because investigators report that it is possible to catch users of child molester forums on open computers, especially at night. It must be possible to oblige providers to store IP addresses for longer so that investigations do not fail because these traces have been deleted in the network. It must also be easier in the future to oblige convicted pedagogical criminals to wear an ankle cuff. Finally, what is needed is a regulation proposal from the Federal Ministry of Justice that will criminalize the operation of criminal trading platforms and also the operation of child pornography forums. The draft is a big step in the right direction – we have to make decisive progress here. It is the duty of a civilized society to protect its children. “


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