‘Virtual child porn could reduce child abuse’

Paedophiles could be given ‘virtual child pornography’ in order to reduce instances of child abuse and the market for child porn, two sexologists say in Monday’s Trouw.

Erik van Beek and Rik van Lunsen, who treat men with paedophile tendancies, say allowing paedophiles access to material which did not involve children being abused would give such men an outlet.
‘Hopefully, this would mean real child pornography involving child abuse would become less popular,’ Van Beek is quoted as saying.
Van Lunsen says there is academic evidence the ban on child pornography has led to an increase in child abuse because paedophile leanings can only rarely be changed.
Virtual child porn has been banned in the Netherlands since 2002. Only one in 20 users of child pornography may actually go on to physically abuse children, Van Beek told the paper.

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