Reporting of Child Pornography Now Mandatory

Department of Justice

April 13, 2010 2:01 PM

Nova Scotians will be required to report suspected child pornography to help reduce the sexual exploitation of children under a new law that comes into effect today, April 13, 2010.

The new law requires anyone who encounters child pornography material or recordings to report it to the police. It also protects people who report child pornography from any retaliation they could suffer for reporting child pornography

Nova Scotia has specialized units in the RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police who investigate tips from the public.

"We know that Nova Scotians want to do their part to help catch anyone who is exploiting children through child pornography and this law compels them to do that," said Justice Minister Ross Landry.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotians will be required to report suspected child

pornography to help reduce the sexual exploitation of children

under legislation that comes into effect today (April 13th).

     Anyone who encounters child pornography material or

recordings must report it to the police.

     The new law also protects people who report child

pornography from any retaliation they could suffer for reporting

child pornography.

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Media Contact: Sherri Aikenhead
              Department of Justice
              902-424-3313
              E-mail: aikenhsl@gov.ns.ca