Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

People found carrying offending material face up to five years in jail and those distributing seven years.

Thailand has brought in tougher new measures to deal with the spread of child pornography in the country, a move it hopes will protect vulnerable children.

People convicted of possesing indecent images of children now face up to five years in prison, and those found distributing content face seven years.

Possesing child pornography did not previously carry a jail term, but the government moved to criminalise it last year.

It also set up a new police taskforce to combat the exploitation of children.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

Source: Al Jazeera