Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sweden's Queen Silvia wants ban on looking at child porn

STOCKHOLM (AFP) — Sweden's Queen Silvia wants Sweden to follow the example of neighbouring Denmark and Norway and make it illegal to systematically look at child pornography, she said in an interview on Saturday.

"It would be excellent if we could have (a ban) in Sweden too.... It would be very important if we could go as far as Norway and Denmark," the 64-year-old royal told Swedish public radio.

Anyone who produces, purchases or is in possession of pornographic images featuring children risks up to six years behind bars in Sweden, but just looking at such pictures on the Internet is not illegal.

Even after someone is convicted for producing, purchasing or downloading child porn, "these pictures and images remain on the Internet" where others can continue to look at them, Queen Silvia said.

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