Referring to child exploitation material as ‘child porn’ is wrong: Federal Police

THE Australian Federal Police says calling child exploitation material child pornography is wrong.

The AFP says using the phrase child pornography benefits child sex abusers because it “indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser”.

The incorrect term also “conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse”.


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The AFP released a statement stressing the difference after the correct term was replaced with child pornography in several recent news broadcasts and articles.

“Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused,” the AFP said.

“This is not pornography.”