Criminalize child pornography in Ghana – law lecturer

By Kwabena Owusu-Ampratwum

A law lecturer at the University of Ghana has called for a comprehensive legislation, criminalizing and punishing child pornography and other emerging forms of child sex abuse.

Professor Robin Walker Sterling of the faculty of law says people out there using the internet to groom and lure children into prostitution and other-related sexual practices, should not have their way. She complained about the lack of a distinct legal provision, penalizing the possession, production and distribution or sale of child pornographic materials.

This she believes give cause for serious concern, considering how vulnerable children were to emerging trends of sexual abuse.

Prof Sterling was contributing to discussions at the Ashanti Regional consultative meeting held in Kumasi with stakeholders on the review of the Children’s Act and Juvenile Justice Act.

The call comes on the heels of recent revelation of endemic rape, defilement and child abuse in some parts of the country.

She stressed that children should be guided to make the right choices to become responsible and useful to the society within the space where they develop.