INTERNET CHILD PORNOGRAPHY LAWS IN CANADA

In order to protect children from sexual exploitation through the use of the Internet, Canadian Legislators amended the Criminal Code by passing Bill C-15A. Bill C-15A became law in July 2002 and provides criminal penalties for those who prey on children’s vulnerability on the Internet and specifically created a new type of crime called ‘Internet Luring.’ Internet Luring makes illegal to communicate with a child over the Internet with the purpose of committing a sexual offense, and carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. This article addresses the specific criminal conducts penalized by this law.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What child pornography acts are penalized under Bill C- 15A?
What provisions related to the luring of children via the Internet were established under the new Criminal Code amendments?
What are the impositions introduced by this Bill to computer custodians or Internet Service Providers?
What is Child Sex Tourism under Bill C-15A?

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