Australia – Victoria: New internet child pornography laws close loopholes
New laws will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament, making it easier to catch and prosecute those who engage in the "absolutely evil trade" of internet child pornography, according to Victoria's Attorney-General. Three new offences will be created to tighten a number of loopholes and the maximum penalty for child porn offences will be doubled to 10 years' imprisonment. The new offences include administering a child porn website, encouraging the use of a website dealing with child porn, and a new offence about providing assistance to any other person. Every one of these child pornography images has come at the expense of an innocent child.
India – India blocks 857 websites citing pornography's threat to decency
India ordered Internet service providers to block access to 857 pornographic and humor websites posing a threat to public morality in the world's second-most populous country. Among those listed by the Department of Telecommunications are humor site 9GAG, CollegeHumor and Playboy. ISPs were told to immediately confirm compliance with the order, which also mentioned websites Barstool Sports and Adult Friendfinder. The ban comes after a lawyer petitioned the Supreme Court to block sites featuring pornography on grounds that they fueled crimes against women and children and were a threat to public order. India has the world's second-largest number of Internet users with about 350 million people accessing the Web on personal computers and mobile devices.
USA – Survey of US men shows over 60s and 70s viewing pornography A study of 2000 men over 50 in the US has found porn is being watched by a large number of older men, many in their 60s and 70s. The survey, undertaken for Stop Procrastinating, a productivity research website, found that 47% of men over 60 had admitted to viewing porn in the last two months. Almost all respondents said their use of porn had increased since they had access to the Internet. Tim Rollins, research director at Stop Procrastinating, said: "Our survey shows that Internet pornography is now affecting every generation. Older men are either turning to pornography out of loneliness or because they have access to it through the Internet."
USA – Symposium looks at evidence of the destructiveness of pornography The National Center on Sexual Exploitation held a symposium exposing pornography as a public health crisis and how porn fuels sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence. "Pornography is one of the root causes of sexual exploitation," said Dawn Hawkins, vice president and executive director of the Center. Neurosurgeon, Don Hilton from the University of Texas, presented evidence of the impact pornography can have on the human brain. The more pronounced pornography usage, the more shrinkage occurs in the reward area of the brain that occurs, he said. Former president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Ernie Allen, called upon Congress to pass legislation to curb the availability of graphic online pornography.