Pakistan jails man for seven years in first conviction over child pornography

  • Sadat Amin, from Sargodha, was part of a network that spread across Europe and US

LAHORE – A court in Pakistan has sentenced a man to seven years in jail and fined him Rs1.2 million for child pornography offences – the first conviction of its kind in the country’s history.

Sadat Amin, a graduate of UET Taxila, was found guilty by judicial magistrate Muhammad Aamir Raza Baitu for being part of global child pornographic racket.

During the trial in Sargodha, a small city in the Punjab province, he reportedly confessed to luring children in to produce porn videos, according to prosecutors.

Police said an investigation revealed that Amin was part of a child pornography network spread across parts of Europe and the US and sold pornographic videos of children to a Norway-based network.

The man was arrested earlier this month by the Federal Investigation Agency, following a complaint from the Norwegian government.

During the investigation the agency discovered more than 650, 000 illegal content in form of pictures and digital data from his possession.

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The ruling comes shortly after Pakistan introduced new laws to crack down on child sexual assault and child pornography after a Bill was passed by the Senate.

In 2016, Pakistan criminalised “exposing children to obscene and sexually explicit material” in a historic first, making the offense punishable with seven years in prison and a fine of Rs0.7 million. The new amendment, titled Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2015, also criminalised child trafficking within the country.

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In August 2015, the South Asian country was rocked by a major child abuse scandal, when it was revealed that hundreds of pornographic videos of children from Hussain Khanwala village of Kasur had been made and were being circulated.

It is estimated that as many as 300 children were victims.