Japan should have stiffer penalties for the possession of child pornography. It is much too light of a prison sentence for this kind of offence. Child pornography hurts children. It is horrible abuse which ramifications last into adulthood. Anyone involved in the distribution or possession of child pornography should be imprisioned for life.
Those in possession of child pornography should be harshly sentenced because they are demonstrating that they are and likely to in the future take advantage of a vulnerable population, children. However, I think that this needs to be a case by case decision because an 18 yr old dating a 17 year old who has a sexual picture of his 17 yr old girlfriend on his phone would also be considered as a possessor of child porn.
The fact is that we're talking about a sick fetish. So something that does harm only indirectly by producing demand for more child pornography.
So I fail to see how jail is an appropriate punishment. No one will just stop their sick cravings because they're in jail, all they'll do is be more careful not to get caught.
Also child pornography laws are ridiculous. If a 13 year old girl sends a guy a nude pic, it's child pornography. And there have been may cases in which people are punished for things like this.
We all have to realize that this is a type of crime which isn't controllable, all we can possibly try to do is to stop those making and distributing child pornography, because punishing the guys who are the end recipient is just pointless
Japan sentences child pornography holders to a year in prison yet the United States allows them to go free. Prison may not be the right sentence for these people. It will not solve the problem and allows them out to just start all over again. I believe that some reeducation or help is needed instead of just prison sentences.
In my opinion, the sentence of a year in prison for people who possess child pornography in Japan is not too light, because the violators will have enough time to rethink their behavior and choose not to violate the law again. On the other hand, I do think that the second violation of this kind should be more rough.
While I do see the problem with the crime, it is not like murder,rape, drug abuse, grand theft and a one year sentence would be fine. Just watching such content does not make one a certain child molester. A sentence of 1 year is neccesary for making sure people dont abuse the content, though.
For a law to be legitimate it must serve a legitimate purpose and be fair it its administration. We may find a particular image disturbing, But it's clear that laws don't meet either criteria.
The laws were made at a time when having this stuff would have required purchasing it or otherwise going to greater ends to get it. It was actually only recently that this stuff was outlawed, But even 20 years ago there wasn't an internet connection at every table. There's something to be said even then that simply possessing a picture of something cannot be considered a criminal act, But sense seems to go out the window when people are grossed out by the content (or want to use it as a political tool). In any case, It was rare for someone to have and rarer for someone to be convicted back then. Even so, It was considered more of an infraction then. But now that this stuff is so readily available that it can be found even unintentionally, We have people calling for hellfire. It makes no sense. Even if there is legitimacy in criminalizing looking at something, Then at what level? We don't execute people that swear or banish drug users.
It's particularly messed up when kids with pictures of themselves or people that are mentally ill have their lives destroyed despite not harming anyone. If they haven't harmed anyone and aren't dangerous, Why should they be revictimized by us through the law?
It's absurd for people like that in particular. A year in jail is already pretty bad, But having a conviction like this on your record basically means your life is ruined. No chance at a career, Or even finding decent housing. And good luck having to explain to every potential friend or partner what happened or why people calling you a monster isn't accurate. People also use sex offender registries to harass or attack those listed on it.
Maybe the real question here should be why are we ruining the lives of people over something that harms no one simply because it grosses most of us out?
Most child pornography is low level i.e. posed semi nude or nude.
It has been around for thousands of years.
As ever various factions wish to suggest that it is all sexually abusive which it isn't.
While looking at child pornography is inappropriate it is usually not as serious a situation as people make it out to be
Because the police cannot catch the producers of child pornography they are punishing the consumers hard
in a futile attempt to reduce consumption.
Therefore poor guys who get caught have their lives ruined by suspended or actual prison sentences, sex offence register unspent offence time, and barred entry to USA ,and Canada and Australia forever. Their partner often has to leave them or lose the kids.
It is a disgrace.
These are not molesters, they are good people. Looking at pictures never hurt anyone.
Looking at pictures no matter the content does not hurt anyone. Criminal justice system is deliberately confusing looking with doing to justify harsh sentences for looking at child pornography as it is the only way they can hope to reduce the amount of child pornography on the net and this is unfair to offenders