Call for tougher sentences in England and Wales for sharing and downloading images

Paedophiles who download or share child abuse images should receive the same punishment as those who abuse children themselves, according to the solicitor general.

Robert Buckland QC said downloading and sharing such images was just as “insidious” as direct sexual abuse, as he announced plans to extend the unduly lenient sentencing scheme to indecent images offences. Under the scheme, victims and members of the public can challenge tariffs handed down to offenders.

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