Manitoban's could be the first North Americans to face jail time and fines for failing to report suspected cases of child pornography under legislation introduced Wednesday.
The provincial government on Wednesday introduced legislation that, if passed, will amend the Child and Family Services Act to expand the definition of child abuse to include child pornography.
Precise details of the legislation have yet to be released, but under its provisions, anyone caught not reporting suspected cases of child pornography could face up to two years behind bars or a maximum $50,000 fine â€” the same penalty for those who fail to report child abuse.
"Child porn is not just a picture â€” it's a sexual assault committed against a child," said Lianna McDonald, director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "It's an act of child abuse that needs to be stopped."
The agency runs the national tip line for reporting child sexual exploitation that Manitoban's will be asked to call if they notice a possible case of child pornography.
This is all well and good but another example of Government run wild in controlling our lives.
Now don't get me wrong on this! I believe that any case of child porn should be immediately reported just from the fact that it's the right thing to do!
I can't imagine someone learning of a case of child porn and not doing anything, but I do resent the fact that the authorities feel a need to control our lives to the extent that they do.
Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God at www.God-101.com and the blog "Perspective" at http://God-101.blogspot.com