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MOSCOW, January 23 (RIA Novosti) – The amount of child pornography on Russian internet websites has risen 12-fold in the last four years, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said on Wednesday.
The Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, is debating a bill on Wednesday aimed at combating child trafficking and slavery as well as child prostitution and pornography.
“Over the past four years the number of crimes in Russia related to internet production and distribution of pornographic materials depicting minors has increased by over 12 times,” Zubov said.
Over 550 such crimes were registered in Russia last year, he said, while the global web currently boasts some 200,000 websites containing child pornography.
The new bill under discussion in the State Duma proposes a fine of up to one million rubles (over $33,000) for the organization of child slavery and trafficking and distribution of child porn.
Zubov said, however, that parents, who post pictures of their children on social websites in family albums would not be threatened by the new legislation.
“We are not going to jail anyone for family albums. But if someone takes a picture of a child with pornographic aspects and puts it on the internet, criminal prosecution will definitely follow,” he said.
Last year the Russian Interior Ministry launched a large-scale operation, codename “Weed,” to combat child pornography on the internet and asked police in over 50 countries for assistance.
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