Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Child porn reporting mandatory in Man.


WINNIPEG — Manitobans who come across child pornograph­y must now report it to authoritie­s.

On Wednesday, the province became the first in Canada to make it mandatory for anyone who suspects the existence of child pornograph­y — online or in books, photograph­s or other audio and visual materials — to immediatel­y report it, Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh said Wednesday.

The new legislatio­n amends Manitoba’s Child and Family Services Act to include child pornograph­y in the existing definition of child abuse. The law already requires anyone who suspects a child is being abused to report it.

Child pornograph­y can be reported online at or by calling the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-658-9022.

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