Danish police charge 1000 youths for sharing underage sex video
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 16, 2018,
Jan 16, 2018, 0:46
Danish authorities are poised to press charges against 1,004 people who possibly violated the country's child pornography laws by sharing a video recording of two 15-year olds engaged in sexual intercourse.
The two video clips were shared through Facebook's Messenger chat platform and the company advised United States authorities about it, as it is obliged to.
One thousand and four young people from across the country are facing charges after allegedly circulating the material via the messaging app in autumn past year. The tipoff was subsequently passed on to Danish police via Interpol.
"We take this case very seriously as it has serious consequences for those involved when this kind of material is spread", Thygesen added. Danish police announced the charges on Monday morning, according to the Danish publication The Local.
Police commissioner Flemming Kjærside of the National Cyber Crime Center said the young people were aware of the potential harm done to people in the video, but may not have known they might be found criminally liable for sharing the video. "We really hope that it is an eyeopener for young people, that they should be careful in the digital world about what you should do". "But they may not also understand that it is punishable and that they may be sentenced for distributing child pornography".
Police report that 1,004 accused offenders range in age from 15 years to people in their twenties. About 800 are male. "Don't ever share sex videos".
Numerous youngsters who share the footage are oblivious to the fact they are committing major criminal offences. If convicted, they face possible prison sentences and will be shut out of some professions such as childcare, Kjaerside said.
"It's quite very bad for those who appear on the videos, as their sexual act is now being shared online so many can see it", said Police Superintendent Flemming Kjaerside of the National Cyber Crime Center told Danish television.