Child porn users to cop it

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pri­ori­tised track­ing down the ini­tial source of the video on­line and those who shared it. “My team will work on it as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity be­cause we take sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, es­pe­cially of chil­dren, very se­ri­ously. Those who have the video on their de­vices are in pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy. That is a crime. And those who shared the video on so­cial me­dia are guilty of dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy. There will be con­se­quences.”

Po­lice na­tional spokesper­son Bri­gadier Vishnu Naidoo also warned that any­one in pos­ses­sion of the video and those who have dis­trib­uted it will face a pos­si­ble five years’ im­pris­on­ment.

On Thurs­day, Metro FM talk show host and so­cial ac­tivist Criselda Dudu­mashe con­tacted the fam­ily of the teen. Dudu­mashe said on her Face­book page that the girl used a friend’s phone to record the ex­plicit video.

In a TruFM ra­dio in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Dudu­mashe ex­plained that it was un­clear who up­loaded the video but that af­ter she recorded it, and gave the phone back to her friend, the girl asked that the video be deleted.

But this friend said they didn’t know the video was on the de­vice and had left the phone at their cousin’s house.

Pi­eters ex­plained that if the video was shared by an­other mi­nor, po­lice would need to get guid­ance from a State prose­cu­tor.

“But if there was con­tra­ven­tion of a statu­tory of­fence, we would still charge the in­di­vid­u­als con­cerned and bring them to court.”

The video went vi­ral af­ter it was shared on Face­book this week.

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