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Web site aims to curtail child porn

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The Department of Home Affairs has lauched a web site designed to counter child pornography and sexual abuse.

The site can be used by members of the public to report and expose incidences of child pornography on the Internet, which will then be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
The project was launched last week by the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, as one of the tools to counter child pornography.
It is one of the responses to a ministerial task team on child pornography.
A recent study by the task team and the Film & Publications Board (FPB) found that most learners between the ages of 13 and 17 (67%) reported having seen a pornographic film, 65% percent out of curiosity, mostly on DVD.
More boys (84%) than girls (54%) have watched at least one pornographic film, with 45% watching pornographic films regularly.
On the Internet, most children (64%) have been exposed to pornographic images. Of those, 70% reported coming across such materials accidentally, but more than half (60%) exchange addresses of pornographic websites with their friends.
On mobile cellular phones, most children who participated in the survey (88%) have their own cellular phones, and 81% reported knowledge of pornographic images on the phones of their friends and would, therefore, have seen such images.
The extent of the child pornography problem in South Africa is not known, but some estimates claim that there are more than 1-million child sexual abuse images available on the internet.
It is estimated that fewer than 20 cases of persons possessing, manufacturing or distributing images have been investigated in South Africa over the past five years.