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Regulation of Computer-generated virtual Child Pornography under American and French Jurisprudence: One Country’s Protected “Speech” is another’s Harmful Smut.
Unformatted Document Text:  member countries of the United Nations expressly undertake to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. 8 The Convention states in part: State parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse...[and] take all appropriate national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent (a) The inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity; (b) The exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices; [and] (c) The exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials. 9 The United Nations has stated that the Convention on the Rights of the Child extend to protection of children against a lot of material that is available on the Internet. This covers all kinds of exploitation, including sexual abuse of all kinds, pornography involving children, treating children as sex objects, as well as taking photos and videos of children having sex with adults or with other children. 10 The Convention was updated and strengthened by an Optional Protocols which inter alia calls on all countries of the world to criminalize the production, distribution, dissemination, importation, exportation, offering, selling or possession of child pornography for sexual purposes. 11 Ironically, the United States is only one of 8 See United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 34 <Http://www.unieco.org/webworld/innocence/conventionhtm>. 9 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 34, A/RES/44/25 (1989). 10 See Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights, A/RES/55/297 (2000). 11 See Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Annex II, Articles 1-3, A/RES/54/263 (2000).

Authors: Eko, Lyombe.
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member countries of the United Nations expressly undertake to protect children
from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
8
The Convention states in
part:
State parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual
exploitation and sexual abuse...[and] take all appropriate national,
bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent (a) The inducement or
coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity; (b) The
exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual
practices; [and] (c) The exploitative use of children in pornographic
performances and materials.
9
The United Nations has stated that the Convention on the Rights of the Child
extend to protection of children against a lot of material that is available on the
Internet. This covers all kinds of exploitation, including sexual abuse of all kinds,
pornography involving children, treating children as sex objects, as well as taking
photos and videos of children having sex with adults or with other children.
10
The
Convention was updated and strengthened by an Optional Protocols which inter
alia calls on all countries of the world to criminalize the production, distribution,
dissemination, importation, exportation, offering, selling or possession of child
pornography for sexual purposes.
11
Ironically, the United States is only one of
8
See United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 34
<Http://www.unieco.org/webworld/innocence/conventionhtm>.
9
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 34, A/RES/44/25 (1989).
10
See Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Report of the Special Rapporteur of the
Commission on Human Rights, A/RES/55/297 (2000).
11
See Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Annex II, Articles 1-3,
A/RES/54/263 (2000).


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