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Source: CDU CSU

Dear Mr President! Dear colleagues! Ladies and gentlemen! With the draft law that we have before us today, we are – Madam Minister, I think you can put it that way – a huge step forward. And I want to expressly say thank you that we have now also included the ban on child expanses in this draft. Thank you for allowing yourself to be convinced – a few weeks ago we still had different opinions on this point – and that your group was also convinced.

Mr Martens, I was quite irritated by what you said earlier on this subject. They say: there is no study to prove it. – I very, very strongly recommend that you have a chat with investigators and those who work in this area. Several of these dolls were found among the perpetrators in Münster, among the perpetrators in Bergisch Gladbach, colleague Martens. And to be completely honest, that has nothing to do with a liberal political approach. We are doing what is necessary at this point and forbidding these child expansions.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

In the opinion of the Union, however, we have so far covered a maximum of half the distance. And there I come to the first of the three points I want to address:

First point. Sexualized violence against children is a mass phenomenon today, which is made easier by the possibilities of the digital world and is increasing explosively. Dear colleagues, the truth also includes the fact that we need investigative authorities who have effective instruments at their disposal in the digital world that are not blind. That is why it is correct – it was already mentioned earlier – that the investigative powers in the area of ​​telecommunications surveillance and online surveillance are expanded in this draft law.

But, ladies, gentlemen, we have to be honest; this also applies to the opposition. We should also talk about the white elephant in the room, which is data retention.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Because part of the truth is that investigators tell us that they urgently need an instrument in this regard. Madam Minister, we must use the upcoming parliamentary procedure for this too. Let me repeat the number: In 2016, over 8,000 reports of child pornography cases were not followed up because connection data were missing.

(Shouting from Abig. Annalena Baerbock [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])

We as a Union stand for the fact that no perpetrator should feel safe; we want to pull out all the stops in this area, and we put protection of victims before protection of perpetrators.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ms. Baerbock, I would like to address you personally at this point, not only because I found your party-political statements to be completely out of place, but also because you actually made the interim remark during Mr Frei’s speech: We are doing this in this area what we have to do. – No, ladies and gentlemen, in the field of combating child pornography and child abuse, we are not doing what we have to do; rather we must do everything we can, colleague!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Annalena Baerbock [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Can you quote correctly? This is the second time that you are quoting me wrongly! These are allegations! – Countercall from Deputy Carsten Müller [Braunschweig ] [CDU / CSU]: You have exposed yourself!)

I come to a second point. As the CSU, we demand lifelong entry in the federal central register for offenders in the field of child abuse and child pornography. And I want to tell you very clearly that this is not a regular slogan for us; because there are arguments for that. If you look at the recidivism rate in this spectrum of offenders, you will see that the numbers are terrifying. A sex offender has a relevant recidivism rate of 20 percent, and that is already high. A pedophile sex offender has a recidivism rate of 50 percent, ladies, gentlemen. 50 percent! And that’s why we’re not talking about stigmatization here, but about a measure that is necessary;

(Dr. Silke Launert [CDU / CSU]: Prevention!)

because each of us – grandparents, parents – wants to make sure that such a perpetrator no longer has to do with children in his whole life, whether as a trainer or as a trainer.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD and Member of Parliament Britta Katharina Dassler [FDP])

Finally, the third point. Ladies and gentlemen, the crimes committed by Bergisch Gladbach and Münster have made it clear: we must also talk about the possibility of a life sentence in extreme cases. You said it yourself in your speech earlier and in committee: the punishment must reflect the injustice of an act. – The penalties that the StGB currently provides reflect the injustice of child pornography and child abuse in the analog world. In the digital world we are dealing with a completely different order of magnitude: mass distribution without retrievability. That is why we need appropriate opportunities there too; We want to talk about this as a Union in the parliamentary procedure. We look forward to it.

Thank you for your attention.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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