November 19, 2012

NEWS: Education is crucial for the protection of children from abuse on the Internet

BELGRADE, 17 November 2012 – In Serbia since 2010, 46 convictions have been handed down for crimes of abuse of minors in pornography on the Internet – it was stated today at a public hearing in the Serbian National Assembly, organized by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in partnership with UNICEF.

“Over the past three years, the Prosecutor's Office for High-Technological Crime initiated a total of 71 cases. In 2011, 40 cases resulted in 30 convictions, while in 2012, six convictions were handed down in 17 initiated cases,” said Special Prosecutor for High-Technological Crime Branko Stamenković, and recalled that abuse of children in pornography as a crime and a new form of threat, was mentioned in the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime of 2001.

Serbian National Assembly Speaker Nebojša Stefanović, who chairs the Assembly's Committee on the Rights of the Child, stated that the National Assembly would do everything possible to increase the level of legal protection of children from pornography and raise awareness of the hazards of new technologies.

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