Is child porn taken seriously?

You have to ask if the Netherlands really does want to be taken seriously in its efforts to shake off its image as a centre for child pornography.

Official attitudes to offenders and attempts to make it harder to spread child porn leave a lot to be desired.
And it now emerges that two Dutch nationals convicted of producing child porn and abusing 24 young girls in Brazil were given emergency passports by the Dutch authorities in Rio de Janeiro, allowing them to escape to the Netherlands while their appeals against lengthy jail terms were being heard.
Here, one of them was sentenced to community service for the same offence.
Just last month, a British man who served 25 years for abusing children in the UK managed to get his Dutch jail sentence cut from nine to six years.
Then there is the distribution of child porn. At the beginning of this month it emerged that the number of child porn websites being run from Dutch internet servers has soared.
Last October there was a similar outcry. At the time justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin said he would give Dutch internet service providers – such as KPN and Tiscali – three months to start blocking child porn sites or face a legal ban. It is now six months later and there is no ban in sight.

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