dw-world.de: Germany Cracks Down on Child Porn Sites But Critics Want More Action

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Plans to make it harder for pedophiles to access Internet child pornography were agreed Wednesday by the German cabinet, but critics claim that the proposed changes will have only a limited effect on hardcore consumers.
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Meanwhile, the European Commission today unveiled new proposals to clamp down on child pornography, child sex tourism and human trafficking.

Speaking in Brussels this morning, EU justice commissioner Jacques Barrot called for standardizing legislation on sex crimes against children throughout the EU's 27 member states.

"When we speak about child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, we are speaking about horrendous crimes against children that leave deep scars and suffering for their whole lives," Barrot said.

The EU said it needs to improve cooperation with non-European countries to go after child pornographers and traffickers who operate outside the bloc. As well as pushing for EU-wide rules on human trafficking, the Commission also wants sex tourists to face prosecution when they return to the EU.

The EU also said it plans to work with credit card companies to prevent child pornography from being purchased on the Internet.