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Material that sexually exploits children is abuse not pornography – Miriam Dalli

Labour Euro MP, Miriam Dalli, said that material which sexually exploits children should not be referred to as pornography but abuse. The Maltese MEP stated that when one identifies this abuse as pornography he is insulting the thousands of children who fall victim of this crime.

MEP Dalli was speaking as shadow rapportuer of the S & D group on the occasion of the European Day for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee this week voted in favour of a report on the implementation of the EU directive on the fight against sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

During her work on this report, Dr Dalli met with Facebook, Thorn, Internet Watch Foundation, EURISPA and the Maltese Commissioner for Children.

“Abuse is always and abuse, a sexual abuse is a sexual abuse; we should identify it as such. Identifying sexual abuse on children and child pornography is a great insult to thousands and thousands of victims of this horrible crime”, Dalli said.

Issues of shortcomings identified in the report mention that many times internet service providers do not follow procedures to remove sexual abuse material on children from the internet.

During her interventions, Dr Dalli stressed on the importance of removing abusing material so that victims are truly protected.

“Blocking the material is not enough”, MEP Dalli added. “If we truly want to help victims we have to created adequate remedies involving also legal procedures.