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Korea’s kiddie porn enforcement lax: Chosun ilbo

In a piece relating to the killing of 10-year-old Han Areum in Tongyeong by a convicted sex offender, Ye Olde Chosun—noting that child porn was found in the offender’s home—complains about Korea’s loose handling of child porn.

In theory, the current law calls for five years in prison for anyone who produces or imports/exports porn featuring underage individuals, and three years for those who distribute or display it. If you’re in possession of it, you can be fined up to 20 million won.

Not one person has ever been punished for possession child porn in Korea, where such material is easily obtainable via P2P services or online hard disks. The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation said according to 2009 numbers, Korea had the world’s fifth largest amount of kiddie porn.

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  • http://www.filmcraft.com.au hoju_saram

    For whatever reason, I’ve always felt that Koreans had less of a problem with kiddie-fiddlers than we do in the west. Maybe it’s all the kids running around unattended, especially in bathhouses in the company of strangers. I hope I’m right, and it’s not a hidden problem.

    On a loosely related note, I read a remark that I’d never considered myself the other day on some random internet forum by a guy ruminating on the (apparent) relative lack of black paedophiles, in comparison to the more common deviant whitey.

    Any credence to this? Call me crazy, but when I think of a child molester, my mind conjures up an image of a thin old white guy with coke-bottle glasses.

  • PJB

    Sadly fiddlers come in all shapes, sizes and colours and are often quite normal looking. The image you have in your mind is one created mainly by the Western media, I’d assume.

    Let’s not forget what goes on in some parts of Africa, afterall.

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