Paedophiles who download child abuse guides to face jail

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‘Paedophile manuals’ are to be criminalised in the same way it is illegal to possess terrorism guides

LAST UPDATED AT 09:50 ON Sun 27 Apr 2014

THE Government is to close a legal loophole that means it is currently legal to write, distribute and download instructions on how to groom children for sexual abuse.

The law is to be changed so that paedophilia manuals will be treated in the same way as terrorism manuals. The Terrorism Act 2000 made it a criminal offence to possess information that could be used to plot acts of terrorism, with a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

According to the Observer, the issue came to light during investigations by GCHQ and the National Crime Agency. They found examples of guides on how to groom children and evade detection on a shady part of the internet, which cannot be accessed via traditional search engines, called the ‘darknet’.

The new measures are to appear in the Queen’s Speech and could be in force by spring 2015. It is thought the government will amend the Obscene Publications Act 1959.

Prime Minister David Cameron told the Sunday Times: "It's completely unacceptable that there is a loophole in the law which allows paedophiles to write and distribute these disgusting documents.

"I want to ensure we do everything we can to protect children - and that's why I am making them illegal." · 

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